Politicizing the Bible The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture, 1300-1700

ISBN-10: 0824599039
ISBN-13: 9780824599034
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List price: $59.95
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

Resisting the typical, dry methods of contemporary scholarship, this powerful examination revisits the biblical days of life-and-death conflict, struggles for power between popes and kings, and secret alliances of intellectuals united by a desire to pit worldly goals against the spiritual priorities of the church. This account looks beyond the pretense of neutrality and objectivity often found in secular study, and brings to light the appropriation of scripture by politically motivated interpreters. Questioning the techniques taken for granted at divinity schools worldwide, their origins are traced to the writings of Machiavelli and Marsilio of Padua, the political projects of Henry VIII, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, and the quest for an empire of science on the part of Descartes and Spinoza. Intellectual and inspiring, an argument is made for bringing Christianity back to biblical literacy.

Scott Hahn, an internationally renowned Catholic lecturer & apologist, is a professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His books include "A Father Who Keeps His Promises", "Rome, Sweet Home", the best-selling story, coauthored with his wife, of their conversion to Catholicism, & most recently, "The Lamb's Supper". He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.

Calvin Miller (1936-2012) was a professor at Beeson Divinity School. The beloved author of more than forty books, Miller was also well known as a poet, artist, novelist and speaker. His later works included Preaching (Baker), O Shepherd Where Art Thou? (Broadman & Holman) and Conversations with Jesus (Harvest House). He summed up his rule of life in four words: "Time is a gift."Benjamin Wiker (Ph.D., Vanderbilt), is a full-time writer and senior fellow of Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in such publications as First Things, National Catholic Register, Crisis, Catholic World Report and the New Oxford Review. Books he has written include Moral Darwinism and Architects of the Culture of Death.

Getting to the Roots of the Historical-Critical Method
The First Cracks of Secularism: Marsilius of Padua and William of Ockham
John Wycliffe
Machiavelli
Luther and the Reformation
England and Henry VIII
Descartes and the Secular Cosmos
Thomas Hobbes
Spinoza and the Beginning of the Radical Enlightenment
The Ambiguous Richard Simon
The English Civil Wars, Moderate Radicals, and John Locke
Revolution, Radicals, Republicans, and John Toland
Conclusion
Bibliography
Acknowledgement
Index

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