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"Fundamentalism" and the Word of God

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Fundamentalism is just a twentieth-century name for historic Evangelicalism, says Packer. In this constructive restatement of evangelical principles, he shows what Fundamentalism is and goes on on discuss the basic question dividing Fundamentalists and their critics--the authority of Scripture.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published December 1st 1958 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1958)
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Peter N.
An excellent introduction to some of the more liberal arguments leveled against Scripture. He keeps his eye on the ball and refuses to allow liberal scholars to get away with shifting the topic under debate. He emphasizes the authority of Scripture throughout the book. His sections on the connection between reason and faith are some of the best in the book. He shows how we are to think faithfully, not attempt to reason outside of our faith. Some of the language is dated. For example, he uses "Bi ...more
Superb analysis of fundamentalism and critique of its shallow critics. Packeri ably lays out Scripture's case for the authority of Scripture.
Gavin Felgate
This is quite a recent edition, but it is a reprint of a book first published in 1958. It conveys the sense of having been written entirely on a typewriter just in the style it is printed in.

The book explores the meaning of fundamentalism, which he notes has "recently grown notorious".

With groups like Westboro Baptist Church, it's not surprising that fundamentalists gets such a bad reputation.

The word "fundamentalism" refers to the act of taking scripture completely literally, and in his book J.
Dwight Davis
Pretty much every criticism I have of evangelicalism is found in this book. Here's a few things I've learned from reading it:

-Evangelical thought on Scripture hasn't progressed at all in 54 years. I still hear these exact same arguments coming from the evangelical wing.
-Evangelicals are a new form of Roman Catholic. Packer makes the claim that Evangelicals are the oldest Christians and have a better understanding of Scripture than even the church fathers did. He claims that evangelicals are noth
Todd Miles
This is a solid book that speaks to the importance of biblical authority and rightly draws the line between those who seek to evaluate the Scriptures according to its own attestation and those who seek to evaluate the Scriptures according to the standards of human wisdom, the assured results of modern scholarship, and the like. Packer rightly holds that the Bible describes itself as the Word of God and if that is true then there is no standard that is fit to judge it, while explicitly calling th ...more
Nathan Good
I think the best way to describe the contents of this book is this quote from the end, “The only right attitude for us is to confess that our works are vile and our wisdom foolishness, and to receive with thankfulness the flawless righteousness and the perfect Scriptures which God in mercy gives us. Anything else is a conceited affront to divine grace.” - page 173-174. Throughout this book, Packer attempts to refute the accusations thrown at Fundamentalism, which he claims is just a form of Eva ...more
Brett Mclaughlin
There's not much that J. I. Packer writes that isn't worth taking the time to read. His arguments are sound and well-written, and his thinking bears emulation. His works on reformed thinking and evangelism are seminal.

This particular work is focused specifically on so-called fundamentalist thinking and the evangelical position on Scripture. It's well-written, and his chapter on Authority in particular is spectacular.

However, the book is largely contextual, set against the emergence of "anti-fund
Luke Markham
Nov 20, 2013 Luke Markham rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Interested in evangelicalism or the history of Fundamentalism
This was a hard book to read (I find Packer's writing style to be quite heavy and a struggle to persevere with), but well worth it.

I found the discussion of historic Fundamentalism vs Liberalism absolutely fascinating and I will read it again once my recollection gets hazy.

Packer's exposition of the Doctrines of the Bible were, naturally, completely sound and clear, if a little lengthy.

Clarity is one of Packer's greatest strengths, and this book is another wonderful example of it.

I would recomme
Should be a must read for anybody taking undergraduate level Biblical studies courses.
Andy Matsuoka
God's word is inerrant, enough said
Justin Dillehay
Packer at his best. Though written in 1957, the book is still relevant for today's inerrancy debates.
An excellent work.

Only complaint is that he is inconsistent with Genesis 1-3.

His argument against the higher criticism is how it treats the Bible as any other human document. His argument is sound. But, lower, or textual criticism also treats the Bible as any other human document, and dismisses and thought of God's promise to preserve His Word. Implications certainly raised by his argument.
Splendid. Published in 1958 concerning a specific attack on the Word of God, yet timeless. This is because though grass withers and the flower falls, the Word of the Lord remains forever, and as such, it will be forever attacked by those whom it declares sinners at enmity with God.
Kevin Davis
First published in 1958. Amazingly relevant for today. A book to read again and again.
Fantastic book. If you have had trouble understanding the authority of scripture, then this is the book to read. It is also very helpful shedding light on the nature of heresy and liberalism. I think, a must read for any Christian.
Jacob Aitken
One of the first books of substance I ever read. Definitely time-oriented to a certain moment in Anglo-American evangelicalism.
Steven Wedgeworth
Surprisingly insightful. This is more academic than most of Packer's work.
Alasdair Peterson
Written into a particular setting but much timeless truth to chew on.
David Griffin
Clear, persuasive and Biblical.
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