Chapter B8, “A Brief Critique of Modern Theology in so far as It Denies the Inspiration of Scripture”
Pieper distinguishes between “old” theology and “modern” theology in that the “old” theologians commit to be governed by the Scripture while the “modern” ones place themselves as judges of the Scripture. Pieper’s assessment of the reasoning says that the modern theologians (he cites several) want to examine the Bible to see what is true. From John chapter 8 he suggests that those scholars are not God’s people at all. Underlying this, he says, is a rejection of Christ’s vicarious satisfaction. To defend themselves, the modern theologians introduce a number of problematic arguments.
1) It was later generations of dogmaticians who invented the idea of Scripture as God’s infallible Word.
2) Luther may not have considered the Bible as God’s Word.
3) Dogmaticians view Scripture as mechanically dictated.
4) Inspirationists think the Bible fell from heaven as it stands today.
Pieper contradicts these assertions in brief. He views God’s Word as reliable, in agreement with the historic Church.