The Bible of an Evangelical

According to Scot McKnight (who is speaking descriptively at this point, I believe):

When it all comes down to it, ‘evangelical’ is about getting saved, and explaining all of theology through the lens of salvation. When it comes to reading the Bible, everything is read about how to get people saved, even if there is hardly an Old Testament text to quote, which is perhaps why the word ‘biblicism’ no longer applies to American Evangelicalism in a generic sense, which is also why American Evangelicals, mostly don’t need the Old Testament. Genesis 1 to 2. Add Genesis 3. And you can skip to Romans 3. That is the Bible of an evangelical.

This echoes a concern of mine laid out in a previous post.


One thought on “The Bible of an Evangelical

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Joseph. Some interesting comments. And this is precisely the type of view I try to convince my students to resist. Fretheim’s The Suffering of God book is immediately helpful on this; on pg. 2 he talks about Jesusology, a term I use often in my intro classes. The basic idea that Jesus is the one we focus on (and the one who saves us from God) and the one we hold dear, that the quicker we can get to Jesus the better things will be, is a huge problem, as Fretheim rightly notes. What you describe here is Jesusology at its best; no wrestling with problematic or difficult texts. No wrestling with anything in the Old Testament. Another author I use in my classes, Eric Seibert, would call this (rightly) functional Marcionism. Statements like this, despite who they are from, pain me greatly, not just as an Old Testament scholar, but also as someone who is trying to make sense of these issues within the context of difficult and visceral questions of faith and faith communities.

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