The Praise of Folly: The Enigmatic Life and Theology of C.I. Scofield
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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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Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Fascinating read which raises important questionsDecember 29, 2011Bob HaytonSt. Paul, MNAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"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.
Michael Phillips3 Stars Out Of 5July 28, 2010Michael PhillipsThe 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.