Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"The main things are the plain things..."

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
per·spic·u·ous Pronunciation: pər-ˈspi-kyə-wəs\ Function: adjective Etymology: Latin perspicuus transparent, perspicuous, from perspicere Date: 1586 : plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation "a perspicuous argument" — per·spi·cu·ity \pər-spə-ˈkyü-ə-tē\ noun
Kevin DeYoung:
Of all the classic doctrines under assault in our day, the one that is most often questioned by the most number of people with the most far reaching implications has to be the doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture. Simply put, the perspicuity of Scripture means that the essential teachings of the Bible are clear and accessible. The main things are the plain things, and the plain things are the main things.
DeYoung is blogging his way through A Clear And Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture, by Mark Thompson. Thompson describes the traditional arguments against perspicuity and observes that (in DeYoung's words) "these five traditional objections have only been magnified by postmodern philosophy." The series of blogs is to be found here, at DeYoung's blog, DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed: A Clear and Present Word (1)

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