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The Meaning of the Authority of the Bible

Maarten Wisse
Religious Studies
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Dec., 2000), pp. 473-487
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20008314
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The Meaning of the Authority of the Bible
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Abstract

What does it mean to say that the Bible has authority? The author introduces and develops J. M. Bocheński's philosophical theory about the nature of authority. On this basis, he distinguishes between different kinds of authority, which he applies to the authority of the Bible. Subsequently, he shows that the theory of Bocheński should be improved by reworking it from the perspective of speech-act theory. This leads to the presentation of an overall theory of authority that matches authority in general as well as the authority of the Bible.

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