Among recent confessional statements there is one, little known to the English-speaking world, that stands out. The controversy that later gave birth to this confession came to light in 1961, when fifty persons in Württemberg, Germany, addressed an open letter to their church authorities and to the Lutheran faculty at the University of Tübingen. Signers of the letter, all non-professional theologians, were protesting the demythologizing influence of Bultmann on their younger pastors. The controversy thus pitted the congregational piety of the Lutheran laity against the prevailing theology taught in the German Lutheran faculties. From it came a remarkable confession composed by the presidium of the European Evangelical Alliance, a ministerial association. The following free translation was made by Dr. Henry Hamann, president of Concordia Seminary in Highgate, Australia:
Our Confession of the Holy Scripture
We remember with gratitude those theological instructors at universities and theological seminaries who as believing Christians led us into the treasures of the Holy Scriptures and who are still doing so.…
However, we declare with deep anxiety that certain movements of modern theology are gaining more and more ground which question truths of the Holy Scripture that cannot be surrendered, which falsify the Gospel through improper biblical criticism, confuse men by the importation of ideas foreign to the Gospel, and which endanger the full power of the message of salvation. Accordingly, we can no longer keep silent and feel ourselves obligated to utter a public warning against a theology which threatens the heart of our faith.
1. We confess the whole of the sacred Scriptures to be the Spirit-inspired revelation of God, which ...1
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