Don Carson’s literary output is rightly lauded. This year he is publishing at least seven titles across a wide variety of topics, from the redemptive storyline of the Bible (The God Who is There) to the health and future of evangelicalism (Evangelicalism: What Is It and Is It Worth Keeping?), and even the redefinition of tolerance in civic discourse (The Intolerance of Tolerance). However, for those who are interested in better understanding the Bible, his upcoming collection of essays on the doctrine of Scripture will be most keenly anticipated. Complied by Andy Naselli and released in two parts, the Collected Writings on Scripture reproduces articles and book reviews from Carson’s thirty years of teaching and ministry. Navigating readers through recent hermeneutical and theological debates, Carson explores issues such as truthfulness and authority, interpretation, redaction criticism, and unity and diversity in the New Testament. The doctrine of Scripture remains one of the most contested flashpoints in theological discourse and having the best of Carson’s ever-illuminating thought on this topic together in two volumes is an exciting prospect.
Here are some endorsements for the book:
“D. A. Carson is one of the most prolific and profound biblical scholars of our generation. Perhaps it is not far-fetched to predict that his Collected Writings on Scripture will become a classic as an evangelical defense of Holy Scripture’s authority. Carson courteously but persuasively reveals the weaknesses of arguments designed by critics to discredit or render obsolete the historic teaching of the Western Christian churches, namely, biblical inerrancy. This book is a masterful, must read for those persons who want to understand better the nature of Scripture’s authority. The volume may very well take its place as a benchmark study, side by side with Inspiration (1881), the influential essay penned by A. A. Hodge and B. B. Warfield.”
—John D. Woodbridge, Research Professor, Church History and History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“With tedious regularity, the doctrine of Scripture comes under attack again and again, and while many of the arguments used are familiar and hackneyed, each generation adds its own twists and turns to the cries of criticism. Thankfully, the church has always had eloquent defenders of the truthfulness of the Scriptures and of the God who inspired them. In our time, Don Carson is one such figure; and in this volume, the reader will find many of his most significant essays on Scripture. Scholarly, reverent, carefully argued, and generously footnoted, these pieces all make important contributions to current debates; and taken as a whole, they admirably expose the problems of the revisionism offered by certain voices within the church while pointing readers to a better way.”
—Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean and Vice President, Westminster Theological Seminary
“The breadth of these essays is matched by their depth. When reading Carson’s survey of the scholarly landscape, you know it’s coming from a leading member of the guild; when reading his discerning counsel about how to navigate both spurious and legitimate challenges concerning the nature, authority, and interpretation of Scripture, you know it’s coming from a pastoral heart. This is pure gold.”
—Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California