Ashland Seminary Professor to Speak on 'is the Bible the Center of our Faith'?

1/6/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, will speak on “Trusting in the Word of God: Is the Bible the Center of our faith?” on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium on the seminary campus.

In his annual lecture, Dr. Byron will address the role of the Bible in Christian faith and what it means to trust in the Word of God. He will demonstrate that preoccupation with “what the Bible says” has sometimes caused people to focus their faith on the Bible rather than God.

In his summary, Byron says, “A significant majority of Americans own a Bible and consider it to be sacred literature. From the pews of the church to billboards along the highway, to the presidential inauguration, the Bible’s influence can be observed and experienced at all levels of society. A quick scan of any bookstore will demonstrate that, for some people, the Bible is a book of answers. From theology to science to diets and finances, the Bible is viewed by some to be the source of all knowledge and understanding. Yet, if this is true, why are there so many disputes over what the Bible means? If the Bible is said to be ‘clear’ on any number of topics, why isn’t it always clear to those who are interpreting it?”

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