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"The authors examine dangerous trends that seem to be luring many . . . toward skeptical rationalism and theological liberalism." --John F. MacArthur Jr.
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"The authors examine dangerous trends that seem to be luring many . . . toward skeptical rationalism and theological liberalism." --John F. MacArthur Jr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825438110
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 9/25/1998
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 0.93 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Thomas (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley California. He is the general editor of The Jesus Crisis (with F. David Farnell), The Master's Perspective on Contemporary Issues and The Master's Perspective on Difficult Passages.

F. David Farnell is Associate Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    Evangelical apologetics struggling to fit text to faith, and not very well.

    According to this book, the goal of evangelical 'scholarship' is to maintain the faith in the inerrancy of the Bible. Any observations of biblical texts that point away from inerrancy or the historical veracity of any of the gospels HAS TO BE WRONG. To me, that is just like saying that any theory or model of planetary or star movement that does not put the Earth at the center is wrong. To me, every 'scholar' contributing to this volume had to try way too hard and had to stretch their facts way too much and ignore other obvious conclusions in order for them to fit them to their faith. What supprized me is how often these 'scholars' arrived at conclusions based on their referrenced sources that to me were ambiguous. To me, very often their arguments regarding the 'superintendence of Holy Spirit' backfired on them. One example: In Chapter Seven the Prologue of Luke is examined. Given that every word of this text is viewed as 'inerrantly inspired' by the Holy Spirit (or so says the author, Paul Felix), it must be viewed as THE ONLY CORRECT gospel describing the words and acts of Jesus. Why? Because it is the only gospel that says 'so that you might know the exact truth about what you have been taught.' No other gospel makes this statement or claim. In other words, the Holy Spirit did not tell the other authors to write this. Only Luke. So, any gospel that disagrees with Luke in terms of words, order of events, or descriptions of events, must be wrong. But, you see the author cannot entertain this observation (and neither can you if you're an evangelical christian) because it runs counter to the theology of the church. All his intellectual gymnastics around this text fail to reach this clear conclusion. This is not to say that there was not intellectual prowess displayed. Unfortunately, there were too many lapses and holes in his and the other writer's critical thinking. I fell straight through these holes into Hell. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs intellectual sounding scholarship to feel good about their faith. It serves no other useful purpose. FHN

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