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Loraine Boettner (1901-1990) was a native of Missouri, a graduate of  Princeton Seminary (1928), where he was well-grounded in the classic Reformed theology of the old Princeton divines.  He was a longtime member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  During his life he spent time as a professor of Bible (Pikeville Presbyterian College in Kentucky), and in Washington, D.C., employed by the Library of Congress and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.  But he is most known for his prolific writings, which include his best-known book, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, first published in 1932. In his later years he was honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree by Tarkio College in Rock Port, Missouri, and later with a Literary Doctorate by that same institution. Those who knew him described him as "generous to a fault," and "a very humble and unassuming man."

The Bible:  God's Book, or Man's?
Excerpts from
The Inspiration of the Scriptures

by Loraine Boettner (1901-1990)

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."
(Matthew 24:35)


One of the most marvelous things about the Bible is that although it was written in a day of ancient ignorance and superstition, it does not contain the popular errors and fallacies of that day. Moses as the Crown Prince of Egypt attended the best of their schools and “was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians”—most of which is considered pure nonsense today—but he did not write that in his books. The weird and fantastic theories held by the Egyptians concerning the origin of the world and of man were passed over completely; and in the first chapter of Genesis, in majestic language which has never been surpassed to this day, he gives an account of God’s creation of the world and of man, no statement of which is disproved by modern science. Other prophets who were in contact with the Chaldean and Babylonian science were equally guided so that while personally they may have believed many things which were erroneous, they wrote only what was in harmony with the truth.

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