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The Bible Made Impossible by Christian Smith
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Mar 08, 2012

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This book is replete with instances of "yeah, but". The book is intended to be a bit controversial (see the title). And in this regard, it doesn't fail to hit its mark. Christian Smith critiques a view which needs critiquing. What remains unproved is how prevalent this view he critiques is. He outlines the ten points of what he calls biblicism. However, I'm sure it would be difficult to pick a random seminary educated evangelical who would affirm all ten. In this regard, the book is a bit of a false dichotomy, because there are certainly far more shades in between what he calls "biblicism" and his "more evangelical" proposal. It would be a tremendous spark for discussion in seminary classrooms in that it raises important hermeneutical questions, especially how the Bible can be authoritative. Yet, there are other vastly more developed proposals for answering those questions. If you quit reading after chapter 4, you'd wouldn't miss much.

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