Inspiration by Numbers

Monday, 02 Jul 2012

"There is no denying the reality of solo scriptura-ism in evangelicalism today or the problems that come with it."
Like a diet promoter who gains fame by promising better results with fewer restrictions, Christian Smith has produced a stir in the evangelical publishing world by offering an understanding of scriptural authority that is supposedly both easier to maintain and more orthodox. In his book, The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture (Brazos Press, 2011), Smith argues that the "biblicism that pervades much of American evangelicalism is untenable and needs to be abandoned in favor of a better approach" (3). He introduces himself as a sociologist, saying that ...

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