In the book, Hamilton argues that the writers of the Bible were inspired in exactly the same way that a pastor or Christian singer-songwriter or spiritual author is inspired today. He argues, I take it, that there is no difference in the inspiration of Paul and Billy Graham.
Hamilton defends the use of the Bible — as opposed to any other book — based on the proximity of the biblical writers to the events they describe and the church’s long use of the Bible as giving it a special place in our worship and theology.
When I read Hamilton’s book, I was not sure whether to interpret his argument as a case of strong pneumatology — the Holy Spirit is just as active today as then — or an appeal to experience in the classical manner of Protestant liberalism.
Lambrecht articulates some of my doubts and reactions to Hamilton’s argument. He does open up interesting questions about the nature of inspiration that are worthy of further discussion among us.