SADS focuses on the intersection of Scripture and Doctrine. Historically doctrine has developed as the church needed to give an account of what it believed and to protect itself from heresy. SADS explores the move from Scripture to the formulation of doctrine, and how doctrine and tradition illuminate our reading of the Bible. Insofar as doctrine captures the message of the Bible it also provides an indispensable lens through which to read Scripture and informs our faithful witness to Christ in His world.
In 2016 and 2017 SADS focused on Divine action in Hebrews, particularly in relation to the ongoing priesthood of Jesus. In 2018 the seminar launched a two-year theme addressing the relationship between Scripture and Doctrine via reflections on theological anthropology. In an effort to avoid discussing the Scripture-Doctrine relationship in the abstract, this two-year focus on theological anthropology served both to illustrate the relationship between Scripture and Doctrine, and offer constructive and contemporary proposals for theological anthropology. The format included invited paper presentations followed by respondents and Q & A.
Kevin Vanhoozer (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), Scott Hahn (Franciscan University, Steubenville), Craig Bartholomew (KLC), Luke Stamps (Anderson University; chair), Steve Harris (Redeemer University College), Geoffrey Fulkerson (Henry Center), and Benjamin Quinn (SEBTS).
Recent decades have witnessed several fruitful attempts to bridge the gap between the often-siloed disciplines of biblical studies and Christian doctrine. Many of these efforts have been carried out under the banner of the “theological interpretation of Scripture” (TIS). The TIS movement (to the degree that it can be considered such) is a loose affiliation of scholars from both sides of the Scripture/doctrine divide with many variations of perspective and emphasis. One of the major issues of debate among TIS proponents concerns the role of philosophy, and more specifically philosophical hermeneutics, in both the exegetical and theological task. To speak in very broad terms, TIS proponents are variously influenced by continental, analytic, and classical (e.g., Thomistic) modes of thought on these important philosophical issues. These debates provide the backdrop for this year’s seminar, which features papers on the theme, Theology, Philosophy, and Biblical Interpretation.
Opening Liturgy and Introduction, R. Lucas Stamps, Anderson University, Presiding
“Biblical Authority and the Role of Philosophy,” Steven J. Duby, Phoenix Seminary (Tags: Christian, Theological Interpretation, History of Interpretation, Ideology and Theology)
“Theological Exegesis and Predestinarian Polemics: Early Modern Scholastic Theology as a Case Study at the Intersection of Metaphysics and Hermeneutics,” Thomas McCall, Asbury Theological Seminary (Tags: Christian, Theological Interpretation, History of Interpretation, Ideology and Theology)
“Renewal of Perception in Philosophy, Faith and Scripture,” Judith Wolfe, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews (Tags: Christian, Theological Interpretation, History of Interpretation, Ideology and Theology)
Respondent, Craig Bartholomew, Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge (UK)
Respondent, Amber Bowen, Redeemer University