"Fundamentalism" and the Word of God

Fundamentalism and the Word of God This modern classic by the author of Knowing God provides a comprehensive statement of the doctrine of Scripture from an evangelical perspective J I Packer explores the meaning of the word fundamental

  • Title: "Fundamentalism" and the Word of God
  • Author: J.I. Packer
  • ISBN: 9780802811479
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • This modern classic by the author of Knowing God provides a comprehensive statement of the doctrine of Scripture from an evangelical perspective J I Packer explores the meaning of the word fundamentalism and offers a clear and well reasoned argument for the authority of the Bible and its proper role in the Christian life.

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    1. In many ways this echoes exactly what contemporary "conservative evangelicals" (ie fundamentalists) say about Scripture, so they haven't changed much in 70 years. Packer basically asserts that "inerrancy" is the best way to understand Scripture and while he thankfully avoids purporting that Biblical "science" holds up, he still does nothing to help bridge the divide between the Biblical and modern world. It would have been helpful if he had actually engaged in critical (in the best sense) Bible [...]

    2. An excellent introduction to some of the more liberal arguments leveled against Scripture. He keeps his eye on the ball and refuses to allow liberal scholars to get away with shifting the topic under debate. He emphasizes the authority of Scripture throughout the book. His sections on the connection between reason and faith are some of the best in the book. He shows how we are to think faithfully, not attempt to reason outside of our faith. Some of the language is dated. For example, he uses "Bi [...]

    3. Fundamentalism is to hold certain beliefs as fundamental. Therefore fundamentalism is not extremism.A great book that no-one should be afraid of.

    4. Superb analysis of fundamentalism and critique of its shallow critics. Packeri ably lays out Scripture's case for the authority of Scripture.

    5. This title is one of Packer's older works from the late 50s. He tackles the subject of the inerrancy of Scripture under the contemporary label of "Fundamentalism." Though he's not fond of the particular word, he agrees with the doctrine of inerrancy. After defining in some detail the term "fundamentalism" as it often used, he addresses the general concept of Divine authority and the human tendency to resist it. He then moves to examine the inspiration and authority of Scripture. Next, he deals w [...]

    6. 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.

    7. Difficult read, has value, some parts seem a bit dated now, in style and approach, but still worth persevering with and reading.

    8. I think the best way to describe the contents of this book is this quote from the end, “The only right attitude for us is to confess that our works are vile and our wisdom foolishness, and to receive with thankfulness the flawless righteousness and the perfect Scriptures which God in mercy gives us. Anything else is a conceited affront to divine grace.” - page 173-174. Throughout this book, Packer attempts to refute the accusations thrown at Fundamentalism, which he claims is just a form of [...]

    9. Pretty much every criticism I have of evangelicalism is found in this book. Here's a few things I've learned from reading it:-Evangelical thought on Scripture hasn't progressed at all in 54 years. I still hear these exact same arguments coming from the evangelical wing.-Evangelicals are a new form of Roman Catholic. 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 [...]

    10. This is quite a recent edition, but it is a reprint of a book first published in 1958. It conveys the sense of having been written entirely on a typewriter just in the style it is printed in.The book explores the meaning of fundamentalism, which he notes has "recently grown notorious".With groups like Westboro Baptist Church, it's not surprising that fundamentalists gets such a bad reputation.The word "fundamentalism" refers to the act of taking scripture completely literally, and in his book J. [...]

    11. This is a solid book that speaks to the importance of biblical authority and rightly draws the line between those who seek to evaluate the Scriptures according to its own attestation and those who seek to evaluate the Scriptures according to the standards of human wisdom, the assured results of modern scholarship, and the like. Packer rightly holds that the Bible describes itself as the Word of God and if that is true then there is no standard that is fit to judge it, while explicitly calling th [...]

    12. There's not much that J. I. Packer writes that isn't worth taking the time to read. His arguments are sound and well-written, and his thinking bears emulation. His works on reformed thinking and evangelism are seminal.This particular work is focused specifically on so-called fundamentalist thinking and the evangelical position on Scripture. It's well-written, and his chapter on Authority in particular is spectacular.However, the book is largely contextual, set against the emergence of "anti-fund [...]

    13. From even the title, Packer seeks to set a clear antithesis between Biblical Christianity and liberalism. Rather than "the Bible", Packer uses "the Word of God" in the title to set forth what the argument is ultimately all about - is the Bible the Word of God or just a book. Next he deals with negative connotations of the word "fundamentalism", present even in the late 1950's, and proceeds to use "evangelical" as an appropriate substitute. From then on he methodically lays out the evangelical po [...]

    14. This was a hard book to read (I find Packer's writing style to be quite heavy and a struggle to persevere with), but well worth it.I found the discussion of historic Fundamentalism vs Liberalism absolutely fascinating and I will read it again once my recollection gets hazy.Packer's exposition of the Doctrines of the Bible were, naturally, completely sound and clear, if a little lengthy.Clarity is one of Packer's greatest strengths, and this book is another wonderful example of it.I would recomme [...]

    15. I've come to expect a lot from a "J. I. Packer book," and this certainly did not disappoint. Packer gives a powerful defense of the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, while pointing out the false presuppositions of the Bible's critics. Though written for a controversy taking place in the 50's, the book is amazingly relevant today and would benefit any Christian wanting a firmer grasp on the authority and proper interpretation of Scripture.

    16. Not an easy book to read, but insightful indeed. Packer goes in depth and carefully lays out the following important truths:Biblical AuthorityScriptureFaithReasonThe errors of LiberalismThe end of each chapter was like climbing a peak only to discover other beautiful peaks beyond. Definitely worth a spot in my libraryd worth reading again.

    17. An excellent work.Only complaint is that he is inconsistent with Genesis 1-3.His argument against the higher criticism is how it treats the Bible as any other human document. His argument is sound. But, lower, or textual criticism also treats the Bible as any other human document, and dismisses and thought of God's promise to preserve His Word. Implications certainly raised by his argument.

    18. Fantastic book. If you have had trouble understanding the authority of scripture, then this is the book to read. It is also very helpful shedding light on the nature of heresy and liberalism. I think, a must read for any Christian.

    19. Splendid. Published in 1958 concerning a specific attack on the Word of God, yet timeless. This is because though grass withers and the flower falls, the Word of the Lord remains forever, and as such, it will be forever attacked by those whom it declares sinners at enmity with God.

    20. One of the first books of substance I ever read. Definitely time-oriented to a certain moment in Anglo-American evangelicalism.

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