State of Formation – What the Bible Clearly Teaches

A nice article by Mark Randall James on What the Bible Clearly Teaches unpacks some of the epistemological assumptions underlying both strict Biblical inerrancy and the anti-intellectualism prevalent among some Bible-waving politicians these days:

If the Bible delivers a clear and inerrant content, the ideal knower is a passive recipient (a consumer!) whose task is to accept what is offered, like the poor sinner accepting God’s forgiveness at the altar.

If knowing is passive reception, then intellectual activity — questioning, reasoning, testing, all of which requires one to risk a change of mind — can only be the passive reception of a different, non-Christian content, another “worldview” accepted for subjective reasons.

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