A consistent, indigenous English doctrine of scriptural perspicuity correlates with a commitment to the availability of the vernacular scriptures in English and supports the English roots of the Early English Reformation (EER). Although political events and figures dominate the EER, its religious component springing from John Wyclif and streaming throughout the tradition must be recognized more widely. This book critically surveys the doctrine of scriptural perspicuity from the beginning of the Church in the first century (noted as early as John Chrysostom) through the seventeenth century, examining its impact on the current debates concerning competing hermeneutical systems, reader response hermeneutics, and the debates in conservative American Presbyterianism and Reformed theology on subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith, the length of "creation days", and other issues.
The Author: Richard M. Edwards teaches philosophy and religious studies for the University of Wisconsin colleges, undergraduate and graduate business ethics for Milwaukee School of Engineering, and medical and business ethics for Marian College of Fond du Lac. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of Arab-Israeli Wars, authoring 10 percent of the four volumes. He has written over 250 articles and reviews and made more than 150 presentations in the United States and overseas. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales (United Kingdom) and an M.Div. from Columbia Biblical Seminary (South Carolina).