The Praise of Folly: The Enigmatic Life and Theology of C.I. Scofield  -     By: David Lutzweiler
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Historian Paul Boyer notes that Scofield is "a towering figure in twentieth-century premillennialism." The Concise Dictionary of Christianity in America observes that "Scofield's influence on the evangelical / fundamentalist movement of the early twentieth century was enormous." But who was this man C. I. Scofield? What was the character of this evangelical giant? Does he deserve the adulation of millions of Christians? As Lyle W. Dorsett laments in his A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody: "In many ways, Cyrus I. Scofield is an enigmatic figure." Even if you're familiar with C. I. Scofield and actually know what the "C" and the "I" stand for, and even if you own a dozen copies of the Scofield Reference Bible, you may still be Scofield-deficient. But not any more!

In this work by former dispensationalist David Lutzweiler you will discover "the enigmatic life and theology of C. I. Scofield." Scofield's dominant role in evangelicalism renders a knowledge of his life essential for understanding our times. History, after all, is made by people. To understand it, then, one must know what its most influential people did, why they did it, how they did it, and the consequences - both intended and unintended - of their work. Come and join master detective David Lutzweiler in his historical research uncovering the enigmatic Scofield. The title of this book is taken from the satire by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (published in 1515). In that book he has the character Folly give an oration wherein he praises self-deception. Tragically, large portions of evangelicalism are engaged in praise of folly.

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David Lutzweiler is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (1956) and Wheaton College (B.A. in Bible and Theology, 1960). He served on the editorial staff of The Alliance Witness, official organ of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, from 1962 to 1964, at the invitation of Dr. A. W. Tozer. From 1964–72 he was Administrative Assistant to Dr. Spiros Zodhiates at AMG International. He also serves on the advisory board for NiceneCouncil.com.

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  1. Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating read which raises important questions
    December 29, 2011
    Bob Hayton
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    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
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    "The Praise of Folly: The Enigmatic Life and Theology of C.I. Scofield" is a title that may raise some eyebrows. Scofield, of course, is most famous for his Scofield Reference Bible, with its doctrinal notes.

    The book is a fascinating read, no matter what side of the dispensational-covenantal divide you find yourself on. Lutzweiler presents a well-researched, historical account of Scofield's life, and sprinkles in some thoughts on the rise of dispensationalism and its deficiencies as a theological system, to boot.

    At times, I felt that Lutzweiler may have been encouraging his readers to jump to conclusions too quickly. And it is also quite true that even if Scofield is shown to be a dishonorable man, in certain respects (such as his treatment of his ex-wife and his children), still that should not necessarily invalidate the teaching of dispensationalism. Still at the end of the day, I think Lutzweiler's depiction of Scofield and the history of the Plymouth Brethren movement should give a reason to pause in one's evaluation of dispensational theology. A modernistic, self-centered, everyone-can-do-their-own-theology may be behind the rise of this system of thought. And while ultimately the arguments have to go to Scripture, this nevertheless weakens the dispensational claims to historic support for their particular doctrinal emphases.

    In any case, this book by Lutzweiler deserves to be read and considered. Note: there is also a DVD available based on this book: "C I Scofield: The Man, The Myth", also from Apologetics Media.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Apologetics Media Group. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  2. Michael Phillips
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    July 28, 2010
    Michael Phillips
    The material in the book is very valuable in revealing the falsehoods in the Scofield Reference Bible, and the un-Scriptural Dispensational-Premillenial-Zionist doctrine (foolishness). Although the book was very interesting, the BOOK itself (especially the print on the pages) was of very poor quality, with faint areas and the words seemed to "flake" off or smear off by handling.
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