The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released Jan. 17 a volume highlighting the place of truth in key theological disciplines ranging from systematic theology to biblical counseling. The book, “Truths You Can Trust,” contains 13 chapters written by professors at Southern Seminary, each emphasizing the seminary’s commitment to biblical fidelity in every area of theology and life.
A free ebook is available through the Southern Seminary website, and a paperback version can be purchased on Amazon for $17.99.
In his introduction to Truths You Can Trust, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes the seminary stands in “a legacy of truth,” and it intends to remain firm in its central convictions.
“Nothing could be more dangerous than a theological seminary that is not clearly and explicitly and continually always grounded in truth,” Mohler writes. “The absolute determination of Southern Seminary is that we will continue to deliver a theological education of the highest quality and highest caliber of conviction — without any compromise whatsoever in doctrine or substance.”
In his chapter, James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Seminary, offers seven applicable truths from the discipline of biblical theology, including reading the Bible on its own terms and interpreting it as literature.
“To understand the Bible, we have to be able to read literature, to know how authors show rather than tell, and to reflect on what they’re telling in the showing,” writes Hamilton in his chapter, “Truths You Can Trust from Biblical Theology.”
“We must keep reading the Bible with open hearts, active minds, and prayerful souls.”
The discipline of reading the Bible as one cohesive narrative, writes Hamilton, ultimately fuels Gospel work.
“As we engage in the task of biblical theology, we do this for the sake of accomplishing the Great Commission. Jesus told his followers to go make disciples, teaching them to obey all he had commanded (Matthew 28:18–20). To do this, we must embrace the way that Jesus interpreted the Bible, which is to say, we must do biblical theology.
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Source: Baptist Press