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...no one can be born a Christian in evangelical belief: everyone must come to Jesus individually of his own volition, making a profession of faith based on a genuine conviction of the truth of Jesus’ messiahship. This also explains why, more so than the members of almost any other branch of Christianity, evangelicals share a profound attachment to the textual world of the Bible. For the evangelical, the Bible is more than just a “good book”; it is the literal and inspired word of God, written by prophets who were moved by the holy spirit and preserved through the ages by the hand of divine providence. To evangelicals, the Bible is the blueprint of the cosmos, the framework of history, and the answer to all of life’s mysteries. Only the Bible—not a priesthood or a church hierarchy—can assert authority over the Christian.
Some might term me an Evangelical and some might not. Either way, I learned some things from the essay.
Thank you for calling my attention to this extremely important essay. It is notable not only for its discussion of the "Palestinian approach" to Christianity but also for its informative tour d'horizon of the often misunderstood evangelical movement's breadth. As usual Maggie's gang leads the way for thoughtful readers on virtually ANY subject.
Ralph Kinney Bennett
Not to meaning to spark a debate but always interests me to understand how Luther begot the authority to truncate the Bible at his sole discretion that had been assembled by much effort and debate of many men over many years and had been in use for over a thousand years.
If the Bible is all one needs and is self evident, than why all the various interpretations, why the need for all the different denominations and doctrinal debate? It's in the Bible, should be chrystal clear, no?