Religious Studies

The meaning of the authority of the Bible

a1 Department of Philosophy of Religion, Utrecht University, PO Box 80105, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands


What does it mean to say that the Bible has authority? The author introduces and develops J. M. Bochenski's philosophical theory about the nature of authority. On this basis, he distinguishes between different kinds of authority, which he applies to the authority of the Bible. Subsequently, he shows that the theory of Bochenski should be improved by reworking it from the perspective of speech-act theory. This leads to the presentation of an overall theory of authority that matches authority in general as well as the authority of the Bible.