In what way is the Bible authoritative?
In that it claims no authority whatsoever for itself, that its witness amounts to letting the Something else be the authority, itself and by its own agency. Therefore we do the Bible a poor honour, and one unwelcome to itself, when we directly identify it with this something else, with revelation itself.
I will probably never be invited to speak at a Christian Union event again in my lifetime, but is Barth not right here? Or at least more right than the protestations of Scriptural authority that we settle for in the evangelical world? The Scripture is authoritative in the sense (greater but of the same kid that any word about God is authoritative- if it truthfully points towards God.
As interesting as the evangelical attempts to secure the authority of Scripture by arguing that it is Revelation full and complete have been, for Barth, they are ultimately, “to control the Bible and so set up barriers against its control over Him”.
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