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    History and Christian Faith


    A basic Christian claim is that God is active in human history to accomplish his purpose, which he will do in the end. This book considers some of the implications of this far-reaching claim. Christian faith is bound up with our personal history but beyond that stretches far into the past. Faith is not identical…

  • Process Theology and Biblical Interpretation


    A short, carefully crafted introduction to what process thought can mean for building a good hermeneutic for the 21st century.

  • Seventh-Day Adventists and the Bible


    In debates about the authority of the Bible, people commonly argue that the Bible is inspired, even inerrant, and therefore that it has authority. Is this argument valid? Dr. Edward W. H. Vick argues that it is not, that authority does not derive from inspiration, and that terms like “inspiration” and “inerrancy” do not contribute…

  • Seventh-day Adventists Interpreting Scripture and Establishing Fundamental Doctrines


    What are the key experiences that have defined the traditional Seventh-day Adventist approach to hermeneutics? Veteran Seventh-day Adventist theologian and philosopher Edward W. H. Vick provides a brief answer to this question in this short book, with only 64 pages of text. Tracing the way interpretation was done starting with the Millerite movement in the…

  • The Authority of the Bible (PDF)


    Why do we study the Bible? What is its authority in our lives? This is a good way to start an introduction to Bible study–by looking at what we expect to get from the Bible. It takes a high view of inspiration but does not make a statement on Biblical inerrancy. Note: This is a…

  • What Is Biblical Criticism?


    A very basic summary of some of the key methods of biblical criticism.

  • What Is the Word of God?


    What is the Word of God? Is it the Bible? This pamphlet looks at the Word of God as used in scripture and Christian tradition to outline the various ways in which this term is used. It includes a discussion of how words spoken as God’s words become scripture. The FastTracts series is being developed…

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    From Inspiration to Understanding


    Dr. Edward W. H. Vick has a reputation for being abstract and detailed, and both of those qualities, along with thoroughness and comprehensiveness describe this book. I’m the author of When People Speak for God, a book on the same topic written for a much more general audience, and if this book had been published before mine, I would have doubtless had a hundred footnotes to Dr. Vick’s work.

    This book isn’t for everyone. It’s for the serious student. If you don’t want to think seriously about how the Bible came to be, how God inspires, and what this means for our studies, by all means avoid this book. But if you want to thoroughly study those issues making full use of philosophy and systematic theology, this book is for you.

  • Inspiration: Hard Questions, Honest Answers


    Is the Bible historically accurate? Are there any contradictions in the Bible? If we look too closely at the Bible might we find things that will destroy our faith? Should I be afraid that some new archeological discovery will prove the Bible wrong? How much freedom do I have to interpret the Bible? Combining history,…

  • The Authority of Scripture in a Postmodern Age: Some Help from Karl Barth


    With some help from Karl Barth, Bob Cornwall helps us think about the authority of scripture in the 21st century.

  • What’s in a Version?


    Henry E. Neufeld writes about Bible translations from his knowledge as a student of Biblical languages, and his experience teaching them to laypeople and discussing them on the internet. Many people have questions about translations because they do not understand how translations are produced. Much of the material available is either polarizing, or is provided…

  • When People Speak for God


    From Scripture to self-proclaimed prophets on street corners we are surrounded by people who claim to speak for God. This book discusses the theology of revelation and looks at how to sort through the various claims, whether ancient or modern. When people claim to speak for God, don’t be manipulated!