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The Battle for the Bible Hardcover – 1976
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The third chapter gives many examples to prove that inerrancy was the normal view of the Church until about two centuries ago. Chapters four, five, and six cover the fate of the doctrine of inerrancy in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, Southern Baptist Convention, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Chapter eight goes on to document some of the theological changes that occur once inerrancy has been abandoned. The author's point is, once inerrancy has been abandoned, apostacy will eventually follow.
These chapters may have more detail than most people need--however, chapters one, two, nine, and eleven are a very good defence of inerrancy.
Though somewhat dated by its discussion of current events in the 1970s; nevertheless those events are still playing out. In the case of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, it would now appear that conservative Bible believers have somewhat turned back the tide of skepticism and criticism of the Bible that had been increasingly prevalent in those denominations when the author published his book. If this conservative turn-around holds, it would indeed go against the historical trend of mainline protestant denominations having first abandoned the inerrancy and trustworthiness of Scripture, to be followed by the abandonment of other Christian doctrines and practices. Lindsell's central theme, that the abandonment of belief in an inerrant or trustworthy Bible leads to the gradual abandonment of other Christian doctrines, is strongly and correctly argued.
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though somewhat dated now, Lindsell's warnings about the "slippery slope" of liberal compromise of Biblical inerrancy were, in their time a classic and very-needed call to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by ralph tolle
This was a seminal and controversial book. If it were written today in our politically correct atmosphere Dr. Lindsell would be roundly condemned for being insensitive and curlish. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Chosenrebel
Although a bit dated in current information the thesis and power of this book is not at all hindered and continues to be invaluable. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Michael Nace
Okay, look. This book is a relic, an artifact. It is a gem if you want to read it as part of an historical analysis of theological developments in Evangelical American... Read morePublished 16 months ago by DrewByrd
There is a new version that Calvary Chapel puts out that is gutted from all the important information. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by lovethetruth
Lindsell does an excellent job of describing how the Conservative Church of the 50's becomes the Liberial Church of today. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Russ Elwood
Dr. Lindsell reminds me, warmly, I might say, of the tradition I came from. Reading this book I felt like I was once again talking with my father, something I have missed for the... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by The Rabbit