The “Self-Attestation” of Scripture (Part 1)

People (and I mean believers and unbelievers alike) are generally confused about the so-called “self-attestation” of Scripture. Let’s think about the concept of self-attestation outside of the context of Scripture.

To “attest” is to declare that something is the case. For example, “The sky appears to be blue.”

Now consider another example, “This sentence appears on a website.” The sentence declares something to be the case. But its declaration is about itself. The sentence makes the claim that it appears on a website. In this sense it is self-attesting.

Or consider one more example, “This sentence is true.” The …

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