Six scholars.
Three seminaries.
One very important issue.

From right within the evangelical and Reformed communities, the doctrine of Scripture is facing fresh challenges. We must listen carefully and understand these criticisms. We must not caricature the critics, but we must critique the caricatures, correct the errors, and positively articulate the doctrine of Scripture in a way that is right and relevant.

This June at the PCA General Assembly some of our seminaries’ keenest scholars will do just that.

Join us for these vital lectures on this
all-important theme, “Did God really say?”


of Scripture


in conjunction with
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America


June 7-10, 2011


Virginia Beach
Convention Center

Virginia Beach, VA


Tuesday, June 7, 2 pm
Dr. Michael WIlliams
Dr. Michael Williams
Professor of Systematic Theology (Covenant)
The Church:
A Pillar of Truth

An often-overlooked aspect of B.B. Warfield’s understanding of the inerrancy of Scripture was his contention that the proper compliment to an inspired Bible is a people who accept the Bible as the very Word of God. While the doctrine of inerrancy has sometimes been derided as arid objectivism, its genius lies in the covenantal reality that it entails—even includes—a subjective component: the people of God who believe, submit to, and proclaim its truth. In other words, the doctrine of inerrancy is not only about the truthfulness of the Spirit-inspired Word but also the trust a Spirit-led people invest in that Word.

Tuesday, June 7
, 3 pm

Dr. Vern Poythress
Dr. Vern Poythress
Professor of New Testament Interpretation (WTS)
Language and
Biblical Authority

Attacks on biblical authority sometimes invoke the limitations of human language. In response, we need to develop a view of language in harmony with a biblical worldview. Language is a gift from God designed for divine-human communication as well as communication between human beings. It has depth dimensions, and its meanings are not exhausted by reductionistic scientific analyses.

Wednesday, June 8, 8 am
Dr. K. Scott Oliphint
Dr. K. Scott Oliphint
Professor of Apologetics & Systematic Theology (WTS)
Because It Is the
Word of God

Recent scholarship has revived the criticism of bibliolatry in the Westminster Standards. In this lecture we will consider the deep and rich background to the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith, in order to appreciate why our Confession begins with a doctrine of Scripture.

Wednesday, June 8
, 9 am

Dr. John Frame
Dr. John Frame
J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy (RTS)
N. T. Wright and the
Authority of Scripture

N. T. Wright is well-known as a biblical scholar and indeed as a defender of the historicity of the biblical narrative. But his doctrine of Scripture, his view of what Scripture is, is distressingly vague at points. Although he makes excellent points about how we should use the Bible, he does not clearly affirm that God is the author of the written text.

Thursday, June 9, 8 am*
Dr. Robert W. Yarbrough
Dr. Robert W. Yarbrough
Professor of New Testament (Covenant)
Inerrancy’s Complexities: Grounds for Grace in the Debate
Confessionally and in-house, the inerrancy position is secure. But ours is a missionary faith, both trans-nationally and trans-generationally. As we take it into the world (and to today’s youth/tomorrow’s leaders), inerrancy faces stiff challenges, not only from outside church circles but also from within. How do we balance a commitment to inerrancy with a suitably humble articulation of the inerrancy position?

Thursday, June 9
, 8 am*

Dr. Michael Kruger
Dr. Michael Kruger
Associate Professor of New Testament (RTS)
Deconstructing Canon: Recent Challenges to the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Writings
Of all the challenges to biblical authority, the question of canon is certainly one of the most critical. D.F. Strauss once declared that the canon issue is the “Achilles Heel” of Protestant Christianity. After all, how do we know that have the right 27 books? Why not 26? Or 28? This lecture will explore some modern challenges to the origins of the New Testament canon and why they matter for the church.


Covenant – Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, MO)
RTS – Reformed Theological Seminary
WTS – Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)

*Please note: The Thursday morning sessions are concurrent.

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