Not as the Scribes by S. M. Hutchens

Column: Mortal Remains

Not as the Scribes

by S. M. Hutchens

It was a defect of my seminary training, I am sure quite unintended by my professors, that by the time I graduated and was expected to preach, the view of the Scriptures I had carried to the school from my earlier life had undergone a transformation from "the Word of God, understood, but partially, and with varying degrees of clarity," to "the Word of God, understood partially, but now as a set of questions to be worked through with the aid of honest, conservative scholarship."

The text that upon graduation confronted the young preacher no longer seemed to be something from which he could even dream to imitate the Lord in "speaking with authority, and not as the scribes." For he found himself a subaltern in a scribal hierarchy that had the professor of New Testament at the top, so that, in order to preach faithfully and truly, he had to check his work in as much detail as he could find time for against the opinions of the masters of his guild. Their claims to authority, like those of their counterparts in liberal Protestantism, were founded principally in the text science by and through which they read
the Bible.

THIS ARTICLE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
FOR QUICK ACCESS:


S. M. Hutchens is a senior editor and longtime writer for Touchstone.

Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for only $39.95. That's only $3.34 per month!

Online
Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!

bulk subscriptions

Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.

Transactions will be processed on a secure server.


more from the online archives

23.5—September/October 2010

No Ado About Something

The Loss of a Christian Understanding of Virginity Is Pure Tragedy by Eleanor Bourg Donlon

31.5—September/October 2018

Taking Liberties

The Secular State Without the Decalogue by James M. Kushiner

6.1—Winter 1993

Civilization Without Religion?

by Russell Kirk

calling all readers

Please Donate

"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand

"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor

Support Touchstone

00