Theories of the Inspiration of Scripture


Mechanical/Dictation
The personality of the author is completely set apart from the revelation of God. The writer was simply a passive instrument, preserving the text from any type of human fallibility.
Partial
Only the doctrines unknown to the writers were inspired. The writer had complete freedom in expressing the revelation God had given – only the ideas were inspired, but not the actual words of Scripture.
Degrees
Inspiration of Scripture varies – that is, some parts are more inspired than others, or differently inspired.
Intuitional/Natural
Gifted &/or insightful writers were selected by God to write the Bible. The inspiration of Scripture is viewed more as an artistic ability or natural gift.
Illumination/Mystical
Writers were enabled by God to write Scripture as the Holy Spirit heightened their normal powers.
Verbal/Plenary
Both God and the writer have elements in the production of Scripture. Scripture is entirely (ideas and the very words) are a product of God’s mind expressed in human terms.
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