Bible Made Impossible Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture

ISBN-10: 158743329X
ISBN-13: 9781587433290
Edition: N/A
Authors: Christian Smith
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Description: 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.  More...

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Book details

Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication date: 8/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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.Smith describes the assumptions, beliefs, and practices of evangelical biblicism and sets it in historical, sociological, and philosophical context. He explains why it is an impossible approach to the Bible as an authority and provides constructive alternative approaches to help evangelicals be more honest and faithful in reading 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. The paperback edition includes a new afterword in which the author engages conversations stimulated by the cloth edition.

Introduction
The Impossibility of Biblicism
Biblicism and the Problem of Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism
The Extent and Source of Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism
Some Relevant History, Sociology, and Psychology
Subsidiary Problems with Biblicism
Toward a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture
The Christocentric Hermeneutical Key
Accepting Complexity and Ambiguity
Rethinking Human Knowledge, Authority, and Understanding
Conclusion
Afterword
Notes
Index

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