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The Eclipse of the Independent University

A dramatic though little-realized national tragedy is taking place before our very eyes: the decline and fall of the independent university in America, including the Christian ones. Although most independent institutions of higher learning have continued their existence and many have even grown in size because of our recent population explosion, there is a real and […]

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THE PRIMACY OF SECULAR EFFECTS In the current church-state debate regarding education an important doctrine is evolving. It could be called the doctrine of the primacy of secular effects. Much government aid is being given to Christian colleges and universities in the form of scholarships, tuition grants, research grants, and grants for the construction of classrooms, […]

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Aggiornamento in Rome

Aggiornamento is Italian for “up-dating” and is the key word in today’s Roman Catholic circles. In the last five years dramatic changes have been taking place—so dramatic that a decade ago they were not considered possible. How fundamental has this change been? Is it central or peripheral? Aggiornamento is associated chiefly with John XXIII (pope from 1958–1963) […]

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Freedom in Education

Citizens for Educational Freedom (CEF) is a fast-growing political action group that has swung elections on the state level and that is effectively channelling the increasing American desire for fair economic aid to all American children, regardless of the school they attend. Its goal is an equitable distribution of educational taxes that will include every seventh […]

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What Verbal Inspiration is Not!

Objections have been raised repeatedly, as we have seen, against the Bible’s teaching of its unique inspiration. In this way an attempt has often been made to undercut the sovereign authority with which the Word addresses men. Many of the so-called objections against the doctrine of verbal inspiration are caricatures of what the Bible and therefore […]

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Attacks too numerous to be mentioned have been leveled against the Holy Scriptures, especially in our day. While claiming to have high regard for the Bible as a source for lofty ethical and religious principles, many people reject as totally indefensible the historic Christian conviction that this book is reliable because it has been verbally inspired […]

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In the last article we noted that verbal inspiration by no means commits us to the position that God’s holy Word was mechanically dictated. In fact, a careful study of Scripture itself precludes the possibility of such a conclusion. On every page we find the imprint of the activity of the “human” authors. This acknowledgement on the part […]

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Did God Dictate His Word?

We are continuing our brief series on the inspiration of God’s Word. Our concern is not to set forth that doctrine as such; rather it is to expose some of the oft-beard caricatures of this position which the church has championed and cherished for centuries. In our first article we raised the question: How reliable is […]

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How Reliable is our Bible?

For 1,800 years the church of Jesus Christ accepted as axiomatic the verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. The theological giant Augustine is exemplary in this view. In a letter to Jerome in A.D. 405 he wrote: “I have learned to yield this respect and honour only to the canonical books of Scripture: of these alone […]

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