Kevin Davis’ thoughtful and generous reply to a previous post on this topic demands a thoughtful answer, which will come in due course. Now that the holidays are coming to a close, I expect to return to the thread in a couple of weeks after I re-engage with some of the scholarly literature on the subject of biblical inspiration. In particular, I intend to spend some quality time with the late Catholic theologian Raymond E. Brown, “‘And the Lord said?’ Biblical reflections on scripture as the word of God,” Theological Studies 42(1):3-19, 1981. It seems to me that Father Brown presents a serious-minded, incarnational view of what we mean, or ought to mean, when we affirm (as we do) that our canonical scriptures are “the inspired word of God.”
Anyone with a desire to read Brown’s article in a manner that complies with the “fair use” provision of copyright law should feel free to contact me for a PDF.