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World Religions Catholic Studies. Religious History Early American. American History Regional History. Literature Analysis and Cri He then moves to examine the inspiration and authority of Scripture. Next, he deals w This title is one of Packer's older works from the late 50s. Next, he deals with faith, then reason, and how each relates to the Bible. He examines liberalism, and how it falls short of Biblical faith and historic orthodoxy.

Though this book was written over 50 years ago, it is still as on-target today as it when it was first written. It would be a great help to all students of theology who have a high view of Scripture. I strongly recommend it. Oct 07, Rex Blackburn rated it really liked it Shelves: A refreshing defense of Biblical authority. Refreshing because, in defending Scripture's authority, Packer feels no need to step away from the Bible's presuppositions about itself.

God is, He has spoken, and the testimony of the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for a faithful comprehension of the Bible's message.

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I especially enjoyed the conclusion against liberal "halfway houses" of thought concerning the Scriptures, "To accept all is consistent; to reject all is consistent; but no third cou A refreshing defense of Biblical authority. I especially enjoyed the conclusion against liberal "halfway houses" of thought concerning the Scriptures, "To accept all is consistent; to reject all is consistent; but no third course is consistent.

Aug 28, Jordan Shelvock rated it it was amazing.

Fundamentalism and the Word of God

Fantastic book to explain the Evangelical, or as Packer says the opponents call us, 'Fundamentalist' position of Biblical Authority. It looks at a 20th century 'Biblical Theology' movement, which was the liberal controversy of the day and shows how it commits the error of subjectivism, and how it is no different than earlier 19th century higher critical movements.

Some may find it challenging to get through, but the reader is well rewarded for their patience. Jun 11, James Ruley rated it really liked it Shelves: This short work by Packer provides a concise, yet powerful, argument in favor of a conservative bibliology. He defends the supremacy of Scripture and the importance of a natural reading of the text. In particular, he combats the interpretation of the Bible through a liberal framework, substituting human reason for faith. Slightly dated, but generally highly applicable still today. Jan 01, Sean Harding rated it really liked it Shelves: Difficult read, has value, some parts seem a bit dated now, in style and approach, but still worth persevering with and reading.

Apr 11, Philip Brown rated it it was amazing. This book was killer. Third thing I've read of Packer's on Scripture. He's really good in this area. Dec 02, Nathan Good added it. Anything else is a conceited affront to divine grace. Throughout this book, Packer attempts to refute the accusations thrown at Fundamentalism, which he claims is just a form of Evangelicalism, from the liberals.

He is very careful to define what an Evangelical is and also what a Liberal is. He also comes right out and says that he believes that the heart of the issue is the disagreement over biblical authority. He does a good job of describing the issue and showing where it comes from. I have to agree with much of what he says as to the authority of the Bible, which takes up the first half of the book. Packer then goes on to discuss faith, reason, and liberalism. I have to agree with just about everything that he mentions in this section of the book. We need to use reason in applying Scripture, or when Scripture doesn't specifically speak to something, but our human reasoning can never contradict the Scripture, because otherwise we become the definers of truth instead of allowing God to define truth.

When Packer talks about liberalism he is very careful to not come out and say that liberals are not Christians.

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I respect him for this, because we are not able to judge whether they are or not. He does a good job of defining what Christianity is and pointing out where they fall short, but he never actually says that they are not Christians, and I think that some of them very well may be.


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They tend only to weaken and destroy life, and their effect is always damaging, more or less. But they provoke resistance. Heretical notions may occupy Christian men's heads, leading to error of thought and practice and spiritual impoverishment; But these notions cannot wholly control their hearts.

As regenerate men, it is their nature to be better than the unscriptural parts of their creed would allow. To call a heretic a regenerate man, I believe, is to stretch the term to apply to those to whom it is not meant to apply. All in all, however, I agree with the ideas set forth in the book.

He seems to have a good handle on things and he does a good job of backing up his ideas with Scripture. Nov 14, Dwight Davis rated it it was ok. Pretty much every criticism I have of evangelicalism is found in this book. Here's a few things I've learned from reading it: I still hear these exact same arguments coming from the evangelical wing. Packer makes the claim that Evangelicals are the oldest Christians and have a better understanding of Scripture than even the church fathers did.

He claims that evangelicals are noth Pretty much every criticism I have of evangelicalism is found in this book. He claims that evangelicals are nothing short of apostolic Christians while everyone else is misguided. Packer tries to say they do, but they really don't. He says they're not anti-science What they desire is that modern Bible study should be genuinely scientific—that is to say, fully biblical in its method; and their chief complaint against modern criticism is that it so often fails here. So I'm not a fan of this book.

It made me really sad to read and realize that evangelicals are still using these same, tired arguments for the authority of Scripture. Circular arguments don't hold water, and it's high time we stop using them to defend scripture i. Because it says that it is and start doing the hard intellectual work of figuring out how to articulate the authority of scripture.

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It's time to adopt a posture of humility and acceptance rather than writing an entire book about how we're right and everyone else is wrong. It felt like Packer had just stuffed his fingers in his ears and started yelling that he was right instead of actually listening to the criticisms leveled at evangelicalism. Not worth the time, read something more worthwhile. Dec 16, Gavin Felgate rated it really liked it. This is quite a recent edition, but it is a reprint of a book first published in It conveys the sense of having been written entirely on a typewriter just in the style it is printed in.

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I would as soon defend a lion' - C. Posted by Paul Helm at 6: Newer Post Older Post Home. About Me Paul Helm Prof. Each Month In general, early each month the draft of a paper on a topic in philosophical theology is posted, and often a shorter more occasional piece in mid-month. Augustine 'It is a matter of no moment in the city of God whether he who adopts the faith that brings omen to God adopts it in one dress and manner of life or another, so long as he lives in conformity with the commandments of God.