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God’s Word Alone

Matthew Barrett, our Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History, is the editor of a five volume series with Zondervan called The 5 Solas, which is being released in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year. Each book in this series is a biblical, theological and historical treatment of one of the five solas. Books that have already been published include Thomas Schreiner’s Faith Alone and David VanDrunen’s God’s Glory Alone. The next book in the series, by Matthew, has just been released: God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture.

So what is this new book about? Here is Zondervan’s description: ‘Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.

‘Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues. The 5 Solas series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.

‘In God’s Word Alone, scholar and pastor Matthew Barrett looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation and traces the crisis that followed resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Barrett shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.’

Over at Credo magazine, Matthew has gone into greater detail, describing some of the unique contributions made by his new treatment of biblical authority. There you will also find the contents page, which gives the structure and outline of the book. R Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written the foreword to the book, and it has received a number of endorsements from well-known evangelicals. These can be found in full in the Credo article, but here are a few in brief:

‘Barrett here covers all the theological bases – biblical, historical, and systematic – as one might expect of a home run.’
Kevin Vanhoozer

‘It is a massive understatement to say this book is much needed today. I cannot recommend it too highly.’
Sam Storms

‘Barrett… competently demonstrates the relevance of the doctrine of Scripture in our day.’
DA Carson

‘Barrett’s knowledge is very broad and his position thoroughly biblical.’
John Frame

‘In very readable prose Barrett graciously provides thoughtful and nuanced responses to the objections of critics of this doctrine.’
John D Woodbridge

‘This book – what a feast!’
Robert W Yarbrough

‘Barrett draws in the Bible’s own Trinitarian, covenantal, and salvation-historical themes to offer a persuasive alternative to various attempts to evade scriptural authority.’
Michael Horton

‘I expect to be recommending this book often.’
Mark Thompson

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02 September 2016

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