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"Hahn and Wiker make the case that biblical criticism has been shaped by philosophical and political ideas that are often intrinsically hostile to Christian faith. This is an important work that will force its readers to readjust, and in some cases totally reject, what they had been taught about the objectivity and neutrality of contemporary approaches to God's Word." —Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University
"Biblical criticism has long been regarded as something scientific, and thus neutral and objective. Recent decades, however, have seen a rising awareness that scholarship is always situated and serves certain ends. In their well-researched, thoughtful, and painstaking study, Hahn and Wiker make a particular and necessary contribution to the history of biblical interpretation in going back not to nineteenth-century Germany, but rather the late medieval period and Renaissance, showing that the Erastian project of subjugating the Bible and the Christian faith to the power of the State has deeper roots and interpretive consequences than is often assumed. A must-read for those concerned with the place of the Bible and Christian faith in contemporary culture." —Leroy Huizenga, professor of scripture, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota
"Over the last 20 centuries, no book has been researched, pondered, and prayed over as intensely as the Bible. Dr. Hahn has done all these things himself; but, more importantly, he has studied the work of many generations of Christians and Jews who have gone before him. Then he gathered the best of all that study to help you in your own reading. Because we're Catholic, we need to become biblically literate. We need to know the Bible well because we hunger for abundant life—because we want to know Jesus, which is the same thing. Scott Hahn does a superb job of feeding his readers with the Word of God in this immensely useful guide." —Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
This book could have been very boring. It isn't. It's very well written, structured and documented. And it proofs very convincingly than "scientific exegese" isn't so... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joaquín Zaragoza Rojas
WOW! Great read for the study and understanding of the Historical Critical influence on the study of Scriptures. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MLM
"Our argument, to put it all too simply, is that the development of the historical-critical method in biblical studies is only fully intelligible as part of the more... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Soul Device
Defenders of historic Christianity often express concern and consternation over postmodernity's attempt to deconstruct modernity's hopes of charting the course of objective,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Casey J. Chalk
Anyone intent upon serious theological study, whether in “the academy” or not, could benefit from reading Politicizing the Bible. Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Parks
put your thinking cap on and get ready to read this one twice or maybe three times (if your a non-scholar layman like me). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steve
of very solid scholarship. As I read it I kept thinking of Bishop Fulton Sheen back in 1931 reacting to non-Catholics accepting contraception by saying, "Since a week ago last... Read morePublished 22 months ago by R. L. Hume
I was disappointed by the density of this book, which is far too complex for a reader like myself who does not have a background in formal philosophy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rosslyn Danby
I actually found "Politicizing" to be riveting reading. It cuts through the superficial and sometimes hagiographical accounts of major figures in the history of... Read morePublished 24 months ago by John S. Bergsma