Scripture and the Theological Enterprise: View from a Big Canoe

by Russell P. Spittler

Russell P. Spittler, Ph. D., is Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA 91182. His published writings include: The Church, Gospel Publishing House, 1977: The Corinthian Correspondence, Gospel Publishing House, 1976: God the Father, Gospel Publishing House, 1976; (editor) Perspectives on the New Pentecostalism, Baker Book House, 1976; Cults and Isms: Twenty Alternates to Evangelical Christianity, Baker Book House, 1962.

The following was Chapter 4 in Robert K. Johnston, The Use of the Bible in Theology; Evangelical Options, John Knox Press, 1985.


Russell Spittler argues for an exegetical theology. Only through a commitment to Scripture does he find validation for his tradition.

Mis - sour - i (mi zoor' e) n. [<Algonquian, lit., people of the big canoes]. 1. pl.-ris, ri any member of a tribe of Indians ... from Missouri [Colloq.] not easily convinced; skeptical until shown definite proof...          -Excerpted from Webster's New World Dictionary (1970 edition)