Joined 5 years ago from Wisconsin
In his book The Bible Made Impossible, Christian Smith defines biblicism as the belief that all biblical text is of self-evident meaning, regardless of context or history, and is a handbook for dealing with every aspect and facet of human life, from the simplest of daily decisions to final authority on all manners of history, science, and so forth (p. 5). The Bible, in this view, becomes a scattered collection of propositional truth statements that only need to be properly pieced together to discover God's will and universal truth for all times and all situations.
The reason I have decided to take this writing is to explore exactly how warped and damaging a view of Scripture this really is. My goal - as someone who chooses to operate within the confines of evangelical Christianity even as I struggle with much of its theo-praxy - is to explore the Bible beyond the strict and rigid confines of biblicism. I am seeking to study Scripture and explore issues while recognizing that the Bible is a deeply complex book meant to be read as literature, containing the story of men and women who encountered God in various ways and sought to incorporate their experiences into their own stories.
I hope some of you will find my musings enlightening and challenging. I also hope, through dialogue and engagement, I can myself grow and be challenged. Thank you for taking the time.
Peace in Christ,
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