Coming Next Week: The Bible Made Impossible

Coming Next Week: The Bible Made Impossible December 3, 2011

I hope that some of you will join me in reading and talking through this book, starting on Monday (or possibly Tuesday):

The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture by Christian Smith

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.


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  • Keith Rowley

    I am getting a copy for Christmas. Any chance you want to hold off till January for this review? 😉

  • Dan Hauge

    Should be interesting–I’ve read a few reviews of this. I’m guessing you’ll be quite sympathetic with Smith’s analysis of the problem, but I’m very curious as to what you’ll think of his proposal going forward (hint: it has a lot to do with his conversion to Roman Catholicism).

  • I shall join you, Tony.

  • Just finishing the book today, and have loved virtually every page. Even when I could feel my own objections welling up, Smith anticipated them and knocked them over as well. Looking forward to the discussion on your page. –John