The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of ScriptureChristian SmithBrazos Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$16.99 Retail:3 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: Male3 Stars Out Of 5Can be a useful tool...June 10, 2013Jonathan BeckerBlue Springs, MOAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Pros:
1) Smith treats those who hold to a biblicist model with considerable respect (at least compared to the way they would treat him).
2) A number of good objections are raised against biblicism.
1) Smith seems to rely too much on pervasive interpretative pluralism as an argument against biblicism. Not that this fails completely, it's just that his case may be overstated AT TIMES.
2) Smith is not a theologian. Thus, his comments are purely sociological and do not fully appreciate the biblical text (not saying that one has to be a theologian to do this, only that Smith doesn't do it fully.
3) Smith can reduce his argument to mere assertion at times.
All that being said, I want to state that I accept (with only minor qualifications) the argument proposed in the book. Biblicism is not the best way to read scripture. However, this kind of book could have been more powerful if the above cons were avoided. Unfortunately, one must balance argumentative force with size, something I think this book does well.
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