The theme of the article is a revisiting of the understanding of Holy
Scripture from a dogmatic viewpoint. It is the author’s conviction
that the point of departure for such an exposition is revelation,
which, of course, has to be deconstructed. The epistemological
dilemma is that although revelation has ontological priority, it is
only noetically accessible. Therefore, it is evident that Scripture has
to be regarded as testimony, which puts it on the same level as
tradition, except for the accord of the faith community. The
application of the thesis is dedicated to the reception of revelation.
Scripture then, is the accorded sediment of the reciprocity of the
speaking God and a responding people. The conclusion is that the
Bible does not have an intrinsic principle, but that referential
meaning is given to it by the faith community. This ectopic center
can only be ascribed to the work of the Spirit. This creates space for
a scientific theology where an extra-systemic understanding of
reality corresponds with an intra-systemic coherence.