Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"Affirmations and Denials Regarding Recent Issues" WTS Board of Trustees document

Mike Bird points us to a recent document (3rd December 2008) adopted by the Board of Trustees of Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, on "Affirmations and Denials regarding recent issues " (related to the recent controversy over the doctrine and interpretation of Scripture).

The document contains the required pledges for voting faculty members and members of the Board of Trustees.

The "Affirmations and Denials" are set out as follows:

I. Confessional Subscription

A. Basic character of subscription

B. Progress in understanding Scripture

C. Specific obligations implied by the pledge

D. Judgments about subscription

II. Confession and Mission

A. Universality of truth

B. The legitimacy of pedagogical adaptation

III. Scripture

A. The inspiration of Scripture

B. The interpretation of Scripture

C. The pertinence of ancient contexts: Ancient Near-Eastern and First Century Mediterranean World

D. The truthfulness of Scripture

E. The role of the Holy Spirit

IV. Special Areas of Interest

A. Special Area: Harmony of Scripture

B. Special Area: Implications of Details in Scripture, Including NT Use of the OT

C. Special Area: Old Testament Teaching

D. Special Area: Old Testament History

Westminster Seminary Distinctives

The document is ten pages long and is available here.

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