Monday, February 18, 2008

The real Turretin on: Verbal Inspiration

On the topic of verbal inspiration, Francis Turretin had the following comments:

"Quaeritur . . . an in scribendo ita acti et inspirati fuerint, a Spiritu Sancto, et quoad res ipsas et quoad verba, ut ab omni errore immunes fuerint, et scripta ipsorum vere sint authentica et divina? Adversarii negant; Nos affirmamus."

Turrettin's Works, Edin. edit., vol. i., p. 60.

Which, being translated, is:

"It is a matter of inquiry whether in writing they (the sacred writers) were so influenced and inspired by the Holy Spirit, both as to the things themselves and as to the words, as that they were free from all error, and that their writings are truly authentic and divine. Our adversaries deny this; we affirm it."

Again, in another place:
"Nec facile credi potest, Deum, qui omnia et singula verba viris θεοπνευστοις dictavit et inspiravit, de omnibus conservandis non curasse."

Ibid, vol. i., p. 67. "

Which, being translated, is:

"Nor can it be easily believed that God, who, to men divinely inspired, dictated and inspired all and every several word, has not taken care for the preservation of them all."



Anonymous said...

I dare say, for your readers to "go on" "with" these sayings, one would be going on "with" the Holy Ghost and He indeed does take care of those that go on!

....Pro 1:32 For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;
Pro 1:33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster."

Turretinfan said...

Thanks, Michael!