The purpose of this blog is to provide supporting documentation for my book Imagining a Vain Thing.  Please understand that my posting of these documents is not an endorsement of the views expressed therein.  Rather, my aim is to give the interested reader the oppportunity to examine for himself the full text of The John-Revelation Project as well as other important documents related to the 2007 controversy at Knox Seminary.

For those who are interested, Imagining a Vain Thing may by purchased from The Trinity Foundation (see the link under blogroll) for $10.95 plus shipping.

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4 Responses to Purpose

  1. ktsgraduate says:

    Hello, Steve. I am a Knox graduate and ordered your book last week, so I cannot comment on the specifics. I am curious what your concerns are with the John / Revelation project. The project was not what led to the demise of Knox. I would be interested to hear what your concerns are with the project. I sat through the lectures and have the material, but there was nothing in it that caused a major concern.

  2. Steve Matthews says:

    ktsgrad, thanks for your questions. My apologies for the slowness of my reply.

    My biggest conern with the JRP is that the herneneutics used by the authors is radically counter-confessional. WCF I.7 correctly states that all of God’s council is either expressly set down in Scripture or may be deduced from it by good and necessary consequence. Apart from these two principles, there is no other valid way of interpreting the Bible.

    On the other hand, the JRPers would have us believe that by applying “poetic imagination” to alleged chiastic and parallel patterns found in the Scriptures, we are able to gain new insights into the Word of God that cannot be found by logic alone. This is a serious error and a direct attack on the hermeneutics of the Reformation.

    Now while the JRP was not directly involved in the 2007 controversy, the ideas expressed therein were, for Gage was charged with teaching that individual passages of Scripture have multilple senses and disparaging logic in general. Furthermore he was also censured for engaging in speculative typology. All three of these problems are present explicitly or implicitly in the JRP and were on public display years before the controversy erupted.

  3. erasmuse says:

    By now this is history rather than current affairs, but I am glad you have a record here. A three-page synopsis of the whole affair would be useful, and a postscript on what has happened since then at Know. You might also ask various people involved if they’d like to make a comment, now that passions have cooled. And it would be good to comment on what lessons can be learned on how to run seminaries, and, in particular, on their linkage to churches.

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