From Inscrutability to Concursus (Stivason)

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Benjamin B. Warfield, one of the Reformed world’s most celebrated theologians, was a theological diagnostician who demonstrated a remarkable ability to grasp the origin and direction of theological trends. The challenge in Warfield’s day was to explain how God communicated. Pursuing the answer to that question led him on the theological journey that is chronicled in this book. Our day is like Warfield’s: the need of the hour is not to explain revelation’s source but God’s mode of communicating, if we are to maintain that Scripture is indeed God’s Word. 


Table of Contents: 

Part 1: Warfield and Inspiration in Historical Perspective 

1. The Mode of Biblical Inspiration 

2. Warfield and Inspiration from 1880 to 1893 

3. Warfield and Inspiration from 1894 to 1898

4. Warfield and Inspiration from 1899 to 1915 

Part 2: Warfield and Inspiration in Theological Perspective 

5. Warfield’s Theology of the Mode of Inspiration 

6. Warfield and the Way Forward in Present Discussions

7. Summary, Conclusion, and Extending the Argument



Jeffrey A. Stivason (M.Div., Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary; S.T.M., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, and a contributor to the forthcoming Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans). 



“A beautiful model of how theological research should be done.” — Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Stivason’s analysis is an important contribution to our understanding not just of Warfield’s mature doctrine of Scripture, but also of the central role that the doctrine of concursus played in his thought as a whole. Enthusiastically recommended.” — Paul Kjoss Helseth, Professor of Christian Thought, University of Northwestern, St. Paul

“Stivason reveals that he has actually read Warfield, and provides us ample reason, yet again, for doing the same.” — David Smith, Pastor, Covenant Fellowship A.R.P. Church, Greensboro, North Carolina; author, B. B. Warfield’s Scientifically Constructive Theological Scholarship

“A top-notch exposition of a top-tier theologian.” — Lane G. Tipton, Charles Krahe Chair of Systematic Theology, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“A real contribution to the understanding of B. B. Warfield and the doctrine of biblical inspiration. [A] work of impressive scholarship.” — Jeffrey C. Waddington, Articles Editor, Confessional Presbyterian Journal