relevant to this issue
What is the
authority of the Bible?
How should Christians
The position of the Church of England
is that supreme and final authority rests with the Bible as God's
This is explained in
Article 6 of the Church's Thirty-Nine
Articles but this has to be understood alongside the rest
of the articles. These affirm that the Bible is always over
the Church and not the other way around. Moreover,
in the Book of Homilies, which remains a sort of official commentary
on the teaching of the Church of England, the Bible is described
quite clearly as 'God's infallible Word'. That is to say,
the Bible is reliable, without error as originally given by God.
In many contemporary
debates it is often that the issue centres not around the authority
of the Bible but how it is to be interpreted today. This
is misleading; in reality the differences normally arise not from
interpretation but the more fundamental question of what people
believe the Bible itself to be. See further an article
in CrossWay 2003.
teaching on the nature and authority of the Bible as represented in the
official doctrines of the Church of England.
of Homilies contains an exhortation on reading Scripture, particularly in having humility when claiming
that Scripture is in error.
"The Word of God : Its Divine Inspiration, Infallibiiity, And All-sufficiency for Salvation. Church Association Tract 401 (from 1909) by James Maden Holt.
The attitude of the
Protestant Reformers to the divine inspiration of the Bible is charted by Philip Edgcumbe
Hughes in his Churchman
The English Reformers' Teaching on Scripture. Churchman article by Ernest Strickland.
Bible has all the Authority of God, its author (Cross†Way
gods or being God's - Introductory article in Cross†Way
1999 on the assault on authority in the Church today
Method & Authority. Nigel Atkinson discusses the roles
Scripture and Tradition should have in the authority of the Church.
(Cross†Way article 1999)
on the Authority of Scripture, the 'Rule of Truth' and Episcopacy - Part 1. Churchman article by James Paice
on the Authority of Scripture, the 'Rule of Truth' and Episcopacy
- Part 2. Churchman
article by James Paice