Brazos PressThe Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture
From sociologist and Souls in Transition author Smith comes a critical perspective on evangelical "biblicism"---a theology affirming the exclusive authority, infallibility, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, and universal applicability of Scripture. Challenging this view as misguided, Smith points readers toward what he believes is a more responsible and coherent treatment of biblical inspiration and authority. 240 pages, hardcover from Brazos.
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Pros: 1) Smith treats those who hold to a biblicist model with considerable respect (at least compared to the way they would treat him). 2) A number of good objections are raised against biblicism.
Cons: 1) Smith seems to rely too much on pervasive interpretative pluralism as an argument against biblicism. Not that this fails completely, it's just that his case may be overstated AT TIMES. 2) Smith is not a theologian. Thus, his comments are purely sociological and do not fully appreciate the biblical text (not saying that one has to be a theologian to do this, only that Smith doesn't do it fully. 3) Smith can reduce his argument to mere assertion at times.
All that being said, I want to state that I accept (with only minor qualifications) the argument proposed in the book. Biblicism is not the best way to read scripture. However, this kind of book could have been more powerful if the above cons were avoided. Unfortunately, one must balance argumentative force with size, something I think this book does well.