The Problem with Biblicism

Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture.

“Many books have been written either defending or detracting from an evangelical view of the Bible. Christian Smith, as a trained sociologist, offers a much-needed perspective: explaining evangelical biblicism as a sociological phenomenon. Smith demonstrates, respectfully but critically, that the type of biblicism that often characterizes evangelicalism cannot account for how scripture itself behaves. Biblicism is retained, however, because of its sociological value for ‘maintaining safe identity boundaries.’ Smith’s analysis of the problem of biblicism and his offer of a way forward are important contributions to the current developments and tensions surrounding evangelicalism and the Bible.”–Peter Enns, author, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament

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