By Robert M. Price
Conservative Protestantism in the USA has continually wrestled with doctrinal controversies over matters starting from predestination to the mode of baptism, from charismatic presents to biblical prophecy. yet most likely none has threatened the yank evangelical stream up to the new "battle for the Bible." The dispute facilities at the doctrine of "biblical inerrancy"—the trust that the Bible is true in any assertion it makes, even if on nature or heritage, on doctrine or morals.
In this painstakingly researched and penetrating research of the talk, biblical student Robert M. rate is helping us comprehend the current evangelical ferment through targeting a contemporary interval of excessive theological clash within which fundamentalists accused their a little bit extra mainstream brethren, the evangelicals, of leaving behind the doctrine of biblical inerrancy.
Price offers a ancient survey of the fundamentalist-modernist controversy of the early 20th century and argues that this heritage started repeating itself within the Nineteen Seventies. Many evangelicals in reality deserted inflexible inerrancy ideals and started to assimilate to numerous substitute methods similar to neo-orthodoxy, demythologizing, and Catholicism. expense analyzes the works, vast and small, of evangelical theologians and their fundamentalist critics and distills a collection of 5 exact noninerrancy ways advanced via liberal evangelicals amid the debate.
Inerrant the Wind is completely specific, not just in its complete clutch of the sea of correct literature, but additionally in its cogent taxonomy of evangelical positions for and opposed to inerrancy. students and scholars on both sides of the talk probably want to seek advice this worthwhile contribution to a big ongoing debate within the evangelical neighborhood.
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Extra resources for Inerrant the Wind: The Evangelical Crisis in Biblical Authority
And this pilgrimage away from traditional evangelicalism is not only reminiscent in principle of the old Modernist Social Gospel; perhaps coincidentally, it has followed an almost identical path to that of its predecessor. HIGHER CRITICISM The third important issue at stake in the fundamentalist-modernist controversy was that of the higher criticism, that is, that type of biblical criticism which proposed to study the Bible like any other ancient document. Methods of literary and historical analysis had led many scholars to arrive at critical positions regarding the Bible far removed from those of the "Bible-believing" fundamentalists.
By and large, creationists seem to limit their attack on evolutionist evangelicals to impugning their scholarly integrity vis-a-vis science, not the Bible. This they must do in order to explain away the disturbing anomaly of Bible-believing evolutionists. These latter seemingly should not exist if evolution is, as creationists claim, only accepted in defiance of scientific evidence as a last ditch expedient by atheists and humanists who must evade repentance at any cost. Theistic evolution ists would not seem to have such an antireligious axe to grind.
And though the controversy began in Southern Baptist circles and has perhaps achieved its most violent eruption there in recent years, the struggle over the Bible has affected evangelical Christians and institutions of every stripe. At stake in the recent crisis of biblical authority is the very epistemology that formed the basis for all the previous evangelical debates: Can the Bible be held as authoritative in such a way that the citation of any text (in context) will settle a question? "' Now some evangelicals have doubted (loudly and publicly) that biblical authority operates in precisely this way.
Inerrant the Wind: The Evangelical Crisis in Biblical Authority by Robert M. Price