The Bible Made Impossible

The Bible Made Impossible

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Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible's exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Acclaimed sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Far from challenging the inspiration and authority of Scripture, Smith critiques a particular rendering of it, encouraging evangelicals to seek a more responsible, coherent, and defensible approach to biblical authority. This important book has generated lively discussion and debate. The paperback edition adds a new chapter responding to the conversation that the cloth edition has sparked.... Principles (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1999); Frederick C. Wootan, Incoming: Listening for Gods Messages}A Handbook for Life ... 1999); Peter Hirsch, Success by Design: Ten Biblical Secrets to Help You Achieve Your God- Given Potential (Grand Rapids: Bethany ... Owners Manual for Maximized Living ( Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003); Wayne Grudem, Biblical Foundations for Manhood andanbsp;...

Title:The Bible Made Impossible
Author:Christian Smith
Publisher:Baker Books - 2012-08-01


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