Christianity vs. Biblicism – Brian Zahnd

While pretending to “take the Bible as it is,” the fundamentalist biblicist reads the Bible through thick lenses of cultural, linguistic, political, and theological assumptions—interpretive lenses they are unaware of wearing…

Biblicism is an interpretative method that reads the Bible as a “flat text” where every verse is itself “the word of God” and carries the same authority as any other verse. Biblicism, in effect, attempts to make the Bible the head of the church. Where Catholics err in seeking to give ultimate authority to the Pope, Protestant Biblicists err in seeking to give ultimate authority to the Bible. What Christians are supposed to confess is that Christ alone is the head of the church. The risen Christ said to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given unto me.” With his wry British wit, N.T. Wright reminds us that Jesus did not say, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given unto a book you chaps are going to write.” The irony of Biblicism is that for all its claims about giving final authority to the Bible, in reality Biblicism enables the individual reader to remain their own private authority.

— Read on brianzahnd.com/2018/07/christianity-vs-biblicism/

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