The New Testament Canon: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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9 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    How do we use this kind of information to create a “doctrine of scripture?”

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    I think it has much to do with seeing scripture and the canon within the context of the Church, rather than a vague revelation that occurred in a void external to the worshipping community.

  3. Michael says:

    It adds a layer of complexity to both the origin and authority of the canon…and it’s interpretations.

  4. richard says:

    Duane, do you consider yourself a cessationist, in the sense that Holy Spirit inspired writings no longer take place ?

    It would seem to me that the Holy Spirit continues to speak to writers, artists, laymen, and others, and others may benefit from these inspirations, but Churches have chosen to not include these other inspired writings into their canon. for this reason i tend to not agree with sola scriptura.

  5. Duane Arnold says:


    Under your definition, I would guess that I am a cessationist! Although I think that the Holy Spirit continues to inspire and guide…

  6. richard says:

    please clarify…..
    what is your definition ?

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    There is a quantitative and qualitative difference between plenary inspiration, as in scripture, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life…

  8. richard says:

    thank you Duane.

  9. Josh says:

    The vast majority of cessationists and continuationsists both believe that the canon is complete. Cessationism has more to do with weather or not the sign gifts (tongues, prophecy, healing) are still active today.

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