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Unformatted text preview: The Lens of Interpretation: Academic Perspective vs. Fundamentalist Perspective The widely perceived negativity of biblical criticism has plagued modern theology for decades. The difficult questions posed by scholars about the development and literality of the Bible frequently cause anxiety and conflict amongst strict, Bible believing Christians. Scholar and preacher J.W. Rogerson identifies this common attitude as a “fundamentalist” perspective, in which he claims people fear biblical criticism and cling to a naïve view of the Bible’s text as God’s literal word, naturally free of error. Additionally, this brand of theology is typically characterized by the strong belief in the Bible’s text as an “accept-it-all” or “reject-it-all” ultimatum, black and white, with no grey area in between. Through his analysis of this perspective, Rogerson tries to educate fundamentalism in a scholarly manner by discussing the academic view of the literality of the Bible while also promoting the academic exploration of the text to find its flaws, in order to effectively...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2010 for the course RELIGION 220 taught by Professor Boyd during the Spring '10 term at Hope.
- Spring '10