Essay Outline: Placher
I. Placher begins his argument stating that the Bible is true and he will prove his statement correct by finding an another way of explaining how the Bible is true compared to how other believers try to explain.
A. Placher’s first minor claim is if we say the Bible is true, then what the Bible means is true as well. He argues that we must comprehend the Bible’s genres, recognize the attitudes toward the narrating of details in history, and think about the social perspective that the Bible was written in to understand the truth about the Bible.
1. Placher states that the genre is important for understanding the meaning of the Bible because different genres make different truth claims.
2. Placher refers to the matter of how cultural and authorial differences vary in understanding of history and the Bible’s recording. He states that if one does not interpret texts with the attitude to history in which the text was written in, one cannot correctly interpret the text at all.
3. Placher writes that varying social conditions in different time periods and diverse meanings of words cause confusion when interpreting the Bible.
B. Placher’s second minor claim is if we say a certain book is true, then we are saying we can trust it. He writes that trusting the Bible as a guide to faith and life provides certain claims about God’s faithfulness, how we should live our lives in response to His faithfulness, and a way to understand the world.
1. Placher states that we trust in the Bible because we have come to trust in the God that the Bible tells us about. He explains that the process of trusting in God moves in a circular motion: we trust in God because of what we have learned about Him in the Bible.
2. Placher writes that the Bible keeps making sense of the world in which we live in because the texts pertain to our world and only our world.
3. Placher tells us that when the Bible...