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book notes and reviews

Kent Sparks and Our Sacred, Broken Bible

Posted by PeteEnns on March 8, 2012 in book notes and reviews Evangelicalism Fundamentalism nature of the Bible

Kent Sparks (professor of biblical studies and interim provost at Eastern University) has a new book due out in May, Sacred Word, Broken Word: Biblical Authority and the Dark Side of Scripture (Eerdmans). He has posted a teaser on the publisher’s blog, giving a rationale for writing this kind of book. He says that theological intransigence and

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Have Evangelicals Made the Bible Impossible?

Posted by PeteEnns on September 9, 2011 in book notes and reviews Evangelicalism nature of the Bible

I just received my copy of Christian Smith’s The Bible Made Impossible (Brazos) and am eager to alert interested readers about it. Smith is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at University of Notre Dame, and his book looks at evangelical views of Scripture from a sociological perspective. To summarize, Smith shows how evangelical “biblicism” (his term) crumbles under its

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