06 Jan '17, 7pm

@rachelheldevans Interesting reflections on what sounds like a helpful & interesting book. The problem of biblicism

@rachelheldevans Interesting reflections on what sounds like a helpful & interesting book. The problem of biblicism

So I’ve added another six or seven books to my “biblical” reading list, thanks to your suggestions for best books about the Bible . (Good thing I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas!) But before we get into those, I want to spend a few weeks with Christian Smith’s excellent book The Bible Made Impossible . As important as it is to seek out better ways of reading the Bible, I think we have to start by deconstructing a bit , and Smith does a good job of addressing what has become a troublesome hallmark of American evangelical culture—biblicism. “By bibliclism, ” writes Smith, “I mean a theory about the Bible that emphasizes together its exclusive authority, infallibility, perspicuity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Different communities within American evangelicalism emphasize various combinations of these points ...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/biblicism-christian-smith...

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