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Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible's Accuracy, Authority, and Authenticity

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  405 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A denial of the sufficiency of Scripture is at the core of almost every form of opposition to the Christian faith today. Scripture Alone is written to instill a passionate love for and understanding of the Bible. In this defense of God's inspired Word, readers will comprehend what "God's Word"is, the nature of Scripture, the relationship of the Bible to tradition, how to a ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2004)
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Chris
Jan 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is a disappointing, though not surprisingly, poorly written defense of the Reformed Doctrine of Sola Scriptura by someone who has spent 20 years denying the doctrine. The reader should be aware that Mr. White himself does not believe in Sola Scriptura. A much better book on the subject is William Whitaker's Disputations on Holy Scripture and of course Chapter 1 of Francis Turretin's Elenctic Theology.
Ronnie Nichols
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is not a coincidence that proper Systematic Theology always begins with Scripture (God's Word) being the foundation on which our knowledge of God and truth are established. In the modern evangelical community this reality must continue to be in the forefront of our conviction and conversations. Dr. White reminds us of the importance of Sola Scriptura and the dangers of falling away from the Bible as our infallible and inerrant guide to knowing, worshipping, and walking with God. This book wou ...more
Aaron White
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As we live with competing ideas and are continually rethinking our beliefs and faith. As we must investigate all claims to truth. As we are in a world steeped with more ideas and variants than ever before, this was a great book for me as I was reminded again of what I believed about Scripture and that what I believed was not only valid but overwhelmingly supportable. Not dedicating myself to theological studies, I know I will need to re reference this book from time to time. There were a few are ...more
Dom Silla
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scripture
Great Book! Check out my full review Here: https://domatseminary.wordpress.com/2... ...more
Justin
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a satisfying book. It is not a scholarly examination of the doctrine, but a practical, "grass roots" examination of the doctrine with a little scholarly knowledge thrown in here and there. Dr. White uses a dialogue style of writing throughout much of the book to assert his points. And while at first I was not fond of this, I ended up mildly enjoying it towards the latter sections of the book.

Dr. White begins by giving arguments for the sufficiency of scripture and then defining and furt
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Jason Marianna
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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To bookend his work, White claims that this book is only designed to scratch the surface of Sola Scriptura. While I recognize that there is much more to be said than White's book can cover, I think he was wrong and this book does a lot more than simply introduce the concepts. White challenges you to think and examine what you think. In the process, he also opens your mind to the depth and broad range of issues one must confront when one develops a theology of the Bible.

His use of dialogue betwee
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Justin Daniel
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Sola Scriptura” was one of the central tenants of the Protestant Reformation. Literally, it means “Scripture Alone,” not ironically the title of this book. James White has written a unique treatise on an issue that is heavily under fire in today’s world that harkens back to this principle that the reformers understood: that the Christian faith rests finally on the Bible. In the days of Martin Luther and John Calvin, these men were fighting against the traditions of the papacy and the Roman Cath ...more
Ryan
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a well-written book on a subject the author has extensive knowledge in. The arguments are clear, logical, and, because of the author's experience, they are insightful. The fictitious arguments were very helpful as well, as White brought in a lot of debate knowledge that helped clarify the issues in a way that was easy to comprehend and assimilate. The author's "goal truly has been to kindle a fire in the hearts of God’s people, not only for His Word but for the sufficiency of His Word" ...more
Cliff Dailey
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
White provides a solid introduction to many objections made against the Bible in a creative way. He presents his answers to hard questions about the Bible in a dialogue form. Truly, I understand more clearly the necessity to know more about the forming of the Bible I read today. White points out in this book that living in an age of information permits many people to know much about the Bible, both true things and false things. So, like never before, Christians have to answer some hard questions ...more
Lily-joseph Jo
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you wondered why you believe that the sixty six books of the Bible is your only rule for faith and practice as a Bible-believing Christian? Have you ever tried to explain to the world why you believe what you believe about the Bible and found it to be very difficult? Then it is a book for you. Dr. James White did it very well in this academic-enough-and-easy-enough book. This book would help you to articulate to yourself and others what is the meaning of Sola Scriptura and why it is very im ...more
Rob
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Part bibliology and part apologetics, this very readable book introduces and defends the Bible and its authority (especially sola Scriptura) and encourages the reader to pursue its topics further. Dr. White draws from his extensive experience as a Christian apologist and interacts with Roman Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, and skeptical approaches to the Bible. Consequently, some of the chapters are dialogues. I was most impressed by his many quotations from the Church Fathers on the authority of the ...more
Paul Stuart
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. White achieves his goal of this book, which is to simply introduce the reader to the doctrine of "sola scriptura", how to defend it, as well as why we should desire to know and study the Scriptures themselves. Many truths are explained logically and clearly. Many references are given so that the reader can continue his or her study of textual criticism and early church history and/or doctrines. The "dialogue" portions I did not especially care for...however I can not deny that they were stil ...more
Paul Lawrence
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
An excellent read. While not designed to be the standard for scholarly training, White does a very good job at defining what Scriptural inerrancy and sufficiency is truly is, and not what most Christians would assume they are.

In addition, White walks through several types of "conversations" one might have in regards to the Scriptures. An excellent resource for any serious student of the Bible.
Mark A Powell
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Is the Bible reliable? Can we trust it? White’s answer is a categorical yes, and he deftly explains his reasoning. Throughout the book, White intersperses dialogues that convey his points in a less formal manner. These also have the added benefit of suggesting what objections about the authority of Scripture such conversations might include. With the inerrancy of Scripture gaining traction as potentially the next ‘big issue’ in evangelical circles, this book is worth the read.
Andrew
This is a useful book for better understanding Sola Scriptura beginning with the first few chapters giving an overview of sola scriptura specifically as it relates to inerrancy and the canon, then proceeding to demonstrate how sola scriptura is used in apologetics with a chapter responding to Roman Catholic objections to Sola Scriptura and a chapter addressing Bible contradictions and another chapter addressing alleged corruption of the Bible.
Chris Whisonant
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever wanted to read a great primer on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, then you should pick this book up. With chapters dealing with its relationship to inerrancy, Canon, tradition, and allegations of corruption and contradictions, you will come away with a clear understanding of both how and why it is vital. Also, the sections of dialogue will be helpful with seeing how you can better discuss this topic and its relevance.
Alexander
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an introduction to sola Scriptura. It's an easy read, but is packed with information. Provides the reader with material to respond to those objecting to the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible. Specific groups of opponents mentioned are atheists, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, and liberal scholars. A good portion of this book is written in a theoretical debate style.
Godly
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant primer on Inspiration and Sufficiency of Scripture. What was really helpful were the 'conversations' between those that deny scripture's ultimate authority that helped bring out the issues more clearly.
Shawn Moline
Great

I chose this book because I have read other works by James white. I liked how he tackled important concepts and ideas that are not pulsar, but with a certain amount of authority
Josh Pannell
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Good, but not necessary.
This is a satisfactory book on the topic.
Dr. White brings nothing new to the table.
I would rather have read a number of Reformed writers on the topic, or one of the reformers themselves.
Jason
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sola scriptura is not hard to understand with this easy read.
Sean McGowan
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Good.
Patrick
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical
Highly recommended... sufficiency of Scripture for the win! Lots of good example conversations supporting the positions he argues for in the book.
Rich
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
3.5 stars. A good introduction to the doctrines of the sufficiency, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture with a helpful focus on application.
Caroline
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although technical, this book fired me up and made me think more about how to view the Bible the way God intended.
Greg Mathis
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great primer on sufficiency. Wish I had read this earlier. White seems very confident in his grasp of the issues. The inclusion of debate examples proved illustrative and helpful.
Tim Woody
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: theological
A fairly good and short book on sola scriptura. His dialogue sections are helpful and clear dealing with Romanism, Progressive Revelation, Inerrancy, and other such doctrinal conflicts.
Eric
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introduction to sola scriptura and the reliability of the text of the Bible.
Judson Noel
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that stoked my passion for God's Word and strengthened my conviction of its inerrancy!!
Jarrod
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great intro. Dialogue parts are not as annoying as some describe.
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James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, and The God Who J ...more

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“Church history has repeatedly and clearly proven one thing: Once the highest view of Scripture is abandoned by any theologian, group, denomination, or church, the downhill slide in both its theology and practice is inevitable.” 10 likes
“How one views Scripture will determine the rest of one's theology. There is no more basic issue: Every system of thought that takes seriously the claims of the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God will share a commitment to particular central truths, and that without compromise. Those systems that do not begin with this belief in Scripture will exhibit a wide range of beliefs that will shift over time in light of the ever-changing whims and views of culture. Almost every single collapse involving denominations and churches in regard to historic Christian beliefs can be traced back to a degradation in that group's view of the Bible as the inspired and inerrant revelation of God's truth. Once this foundation is lost, the house that was built upon it cannot long stand” 4 likes
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