In today’s “On the Square,” Joe Carter invents another verse for the famous Sunday School hymn “Jesus Loves Me,” having to do with Scripture. “But is it enough to believe simply because the Bible tells me so?” he asks in The Bible Tells Me So .

Isn’t it circular reasoning to claim that Scripture is authoritative because it says it is? And is it rational to believe something on the sole ground that Scripture affirms it? To answer these questions let’s examine the reasons for believing the claim made in the Sunday School song.