Avery Dulles’ book, Models of Revelation, presents what Dulles believes to be five different models of divine revelation. In this blog post, Dulles’ first model, “Revelation as Doctrine,” will be examined in light of the evangelical view of revelation. In order to understand Dulles’ model of revelation as doctrine, it is first important to note how he defines revelation.
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Dulles defines revelation this way, “Revelation is implied in biblical and Christian faith . . . as a permanently valid body of truths communicated by God in biblical times, preserved and commented on by the church” (p. 6, 14). Now that a definition of revelation has been provided by Dulles, it is important to look at how he narrowly defines the model of revelation as doctrine and then attributes it to the evangelical view of revelation.