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The Bible Made Impossible

Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture



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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.

Product code: 9781587433290

ISBN 9781587433290
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW140
No. Of Pages 254
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
This important book on evangelical biblicism by an acclaimed sociologist has generated lively discussion. Now in paper with added material responding to the conversation.