He was also an outspoken critic of conservative evangelicalism, which he attacked in his 1977 book Fundamentalism. In particular he criticized evangelical scholars such as J. I. Packer for affirming the doctrine of scriptural inerrancy, the teaching that the Bible is without error.I wonder, Dr. Rast, do you think Barr would have some praise for you since he had "high praise for evangelicals thought by him to deserve to be treated as serious scholars"? Surely you consider yourself to be a "serious scholar", don't you? Maybe Vanderbilt University is proud that one of their graduates is now President of a "Missouri Synod" seminary? Or do you rather consider yourself a follower of Franz Pieper, another President of a Missouri Synod seminary? Hmmm, tough choice, isn't it? Maybe the title of "serious scholar" of "American Lutheranism" from Vanderbilt is your preference? Yes, I think that is your preference.
I don't recall being aware of this publication in the TP&RR of Franz Pieper's essay before... a largely "Princetonian" publication with Prof. B.B. Warfield as its primary editor. I am very glad to have discovered this essay of Pieper on "Luther's Doctrine of Inspiration"! Prof. Rast is a good "hewer of wood and drawer of water" – his "beat reporting" and cataloging helped me find this! He is a good librarian. Although he attempts to praise Pieper, he falls short. But as long as he continues to make the attempt, I may look in on him in the future for his reference material to see if I have missed anything. But to learn true theology, true Christian theology, I go to Martin Luther, C.F.W. Walther, and Franz Pieper – my "go to" theologians, not Professor Rast.
- — like Walther recognized in Eduard Preuss... you know, Prof. Eduard Preuss who seemingly taught correctly the Doctrine of Justification before he left the Lutheran Church to join the Roman Church.
- — Maybe you should recognize a similarity of Dr. Rast to Prof. Erwin Lueker who seemingly had the correct Doctrine of Justification when he wrote his essay "Justification in the Theology of Walther", CTM 1961, pgs 598-605... and yet he boycotted and walked out of the Missouri Synod.