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On the Authority of Scripture’s Form

The church did not simply draw up lists of crucial beliefs but actually canonized particular texts with particular shapes. The implication would seem to be that the particular form of the writings is constitutive of, rather than incidental to, the theological construal of the whole.

-C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays, “What Is a Geological Commentary?” Pro Ecclesia 16:1 (2007), 31.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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One Response to On the Authority of Scripture’s Form

  1. I find this really humorous – like there was really some organized monolithic structure that was making perfectly divine judgements….

    In fact, what we had was primarily a bunch of licentious, apostates floundering around in their own ignorance – spewing out religion reflective of their human egos and sentiments….

    Not unlike what we have today….

    Lets try to keep it real – and, ultimately, pull through all this mess to find, by God’s grace, as much of a genuine walk with God, in Christ, by His Spirit, as we can.


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