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The Perspicuity of Scripture: Is Scripture Clear? Can Everyone Understand It?

By June 18, 2021No Comments

Can anyone pick up the Bible, read it and understand it? Is Scripture “clear,” and if it is: about what and for whom is it clear?

I wrote my Masters dissertation on the topic of the perspicuity, or clarity, of Scripture. This is an important topic, because whether or not we view Scripture as clear affects how we handle and use the Bible and how we relate to church traditions, and how we view the world in the midst of a culture in which many long-held beliefs and assumptions are being challenged.

In this episode, Nick and Mike discuss the concept of the perspicuity of Scripture, looking at the history of this concept and what is at stake in this debate.

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