On the Present Possibility of Sola Scriptura

Philip Ziegler* (Corresponding Author)

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The historic Protestant wager that Christian theology is funded and governed sola scriptura sui ipsius interpres commits Protestant exegesis and theology to a particular hermeneutical programme. But is this programme viable? I argue that it is, and that it should be undertaken today by practicing the theological interpretation of Scripture as a particular kind of Sachkritik: one that seeks the evangelical scopus scripturae in and across the variegated contours of the whole
of the canon of Scripture, acknowledging both that it is all ‘letter’ and that precisely as ‘letter’ it is also the elected site of the adventitious self-disclosure of Word and Spirit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-583
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Systematic Theology
Issue number4
Early online date18 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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  • Theological interpretation
  • Scripture
  • sola scriptura
  • Sachkritik
  • Protestant


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