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Canon: Divine Qualities

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Lesson

A “defeater” is an idea that undermines your confidence in knowing something. Are there defeaters for our understanding of the canon? The New Testament books have unity with prior revelation and with each other, and in fact the New Testament completes the Old Testament in surprising ways.

Outline

I. DEFINITION OF “DEFEATER”

Something that would defeat our confidence in the canon

II. THEOLOGICAL UNITY AND HARMONY

A. The New Testament books have unity with prior revelation and with each other

B. Defeater: the Bible is a theologial “mess” (F.C. Baur)

C. Defeater defeater : Baur

1. Baur has been refuted

2. How can a non-believer assess theological harmony?

D. Defeater defeater: NT completes the OT

III. BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCY

Can be hidden by sin