On Sunday, October 31, at 5 PM, Dr. Kevin J. Vanhoozer will give a lecture entitled “Biblical Authority After Babel.” The Bible is the foundational document of the church: its charter and constitution. But whose interpretation counts, and why? How do we answer those critics who say the Protestant Reformers “broke” the church and opened up a Pandora’s box where everyone reads the Bible in a way that is right in his or her eyes? There is nothing more important for “a people of the book” than to understand what the key Reformation principle sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”) means – and what it doesn’t. This lecture will respond to accusations that the Reformers unintentionally unleashed pervasive interpretive pluralism upon the world. It will do so by returning to the Protestant mine (the 5 solas) for more gold and arguing that “mere Protestant Christianity” is better described not in terms of pervasive interpretive pluralism but rather in terms of unitive interpretive plurality.
Dr. Vanhoozer serves as Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He has also taught at Wheaton College and University of Edinburgh. He is the author of multiple books including Is There a Meaning In This Text? and First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics. He and his wife live in Illinois and have two daughters.