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David Williams is continuing his “Credo” series, which is a look at what the apostle Paul said is really important for Christians to believe in according to 1 Corinthains 15:3-5.

David’s point is that Paul didn’t get all worked up about “the doctrine of Scripture”–meaning, nailing down how it came to be, how it works, how to read it correctly, and basically making it the entry point of Christian theology. In fact, no one got really worked up about it for most of the history of the church.

To paint with a very broad brush, it was not until the Reformation that the Church began anxiously wringing her hands about getting “the doctrine of Scripture” (whatever that is) “right” (whatever that means).  Prior to that time there had always been (as, in fact, there still is) a variety of views, interpretations, conceptualizations, and enumerations of the Scriptures within the Church and generally speaking, Christians were not out to excommunicate one another over their differences on these matters.

David’s point: It’s really about Jesus–always had been–not the Bible.

Check out the entire post here.


David, as a campus staff member of InterVarsity at NC State and Meredith College, has begun a fundraising initiative,the “share HOPE project,” for renewing the university at home and fighting poverty abroad. Donations are matched dollar-for-dollar.

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Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.