Fundamentalists and Scholarship, Part 2

What Is a Scholar?

In The Nick of Time
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The idea of scholarship has narrowed over the centuries. During the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance, an ideal scholar would attempt to comprehend the entire body of human knowledge. As the corpus of knowledge expanded, however, the sciences and the humanities were gradually disengaged from one or the other, resulting in two sets of scholars. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, European universities (beginning with Berlin) were transformed into research institutions, and scholarship was increasingly viewed as advancement with a narrow specialization. This model was transplanted to North America, first at Johns Hopkins University and then in the schools connected with the American Association of Universities.

These shifts have resulted in two tensions surrounding the term “scholar.” First, some favor an older vision of scholarship that emphasizes broad learning, while others favor a definition focused more narrowly on advancing the frontiers of knowledge through specialized research and publishing. Second, the two halves of the academy tend to be suspicious of each other’s scholarship. Humanists sometimes dismiss scientists as mere technicians, while scientists sometimes write off the humanities as less than rigorous.
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The KJVO Debate in Light of “The Translators to the Reader,” Part 1

Author’s Note: I have provided page numbers for quotations using The Holy Bible: King James Version (1611 Edition. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, n.d.). From the title page: “a word-for-word reprint of the First Edition of the Authorized Version presented in roman [sic] letters for easy reading and comparison with subsequent editions.” I have updated some words with modernized spelling and inserted my own explanatory notes in brackets, however.

Many of us have been exposed to or embroiled in debates relating to the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. Is it the only legitimate English translation? Should it be revised? Was it really good enough for Paul? The list goes on. The point of this article is to consider some issues raised by proponents of some form of the King James Version Only (KJVO) position 859675_book.jpgand how those issues were addressed by the translators of the KJV in their preface. [1] The listing below should not be taken as an accusation that all KJVO advocates hold to all of these ideas, but they are ideas that have been advanced by various advocates of a KJVO position.
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Book Review: Genesis: A Commentary

Reviewed by Douglas Brown.

Waltke, Bruce with Cathi J. Fredricks. Genesis: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001. Jacketed Hardback, 656 pp. $39.99.

(Review copy courtesy of Zondervan.)

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Special Features: Footnotes, Bibliography, Subject Index, and Author Index

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ISBNs: 0310224586 / 9780310224587

LCCN: BS1235.3 .W34  DCN: 222.110770

Subjects: Genesis, OT Commentaries
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A Moratorium on Moralism, Part 1

Leaving Christ Out of His Story

Are morals overrated? Is it a waste of time and energy to lead a morally pure lifestyle? Should youth pastors exhort their students to obey their parents, to tell the truth, and to read their Bibles? Or are Christians somehow beyond those rules now? These types of questions are inevitably asked of those who speak out against moralistic preaching. But these Moralismquestions betray an underlying misunderstanding of the dangers of moralism. Please allow me to go on the record and state that, as a former youth pastor, I think morals are a good idea. I subscribe to the notion that I have a responsibility to advocate obedience, honesty, and sexual purity to those students who have been entrusted to my care. I also believe Christians should read their Bibles. Regularly.

However, I am growing increasingly dissatisfied with moralistic preaching. In fact, I have had quite enough of it. Over and over again, I have seen bits and pieces of it scattered among the wreckage of shipwrecked faith, too often in the lives of close friends. It masquerades as Bible preaching, but is hollow, shallow, and powerless. And at the end of the day, moralistic preaching has probably done more to destroy professing Christians than alcohol, tobacco, rock ‘n’ roll, and TV combined.
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Fundamentalists and Scholarship, Part 1

Not Me

In The Nick of TimeWhat I would like to do is to write about the role of scholarship within fundamentalism. I see this as an important topic that deserves a fair and open discussion. The short essays that I produce will be far from comprehensive, but I hope at least to raise the important questions and to provide the most important categories for the conversation.

Since this conversation is about scholarship, it must begin with an admission on my part: I am not a scholar. A scholar must meet certain qualifications that I do not possess. Nevertheless, I have spent a good bit of my life in institutions of higher learning, both inside and outside of fundamentalism. I have had the opportunity to observe and even to labor alongside at least some genuine scholars. Through their mediation I have been exposed to much of the scholarly world. While I cannot rightly claim to be a scholar, I think that I have a fair idea of what scholarship involves.

As I write about fundamentalists and scholarship, I have a particular kind of reader in mind. This reader is not the hostile critic who assumes that fundamentalism and scholarship are necessarily antithetical. Nor is my reader the stereotypical (but not unreal) fundamentalist who rejects scholarship and academic life out of hand. Rather, I intend to write for fundamentalists who are interested in understanding what a scholar is and in discussing what benefits scholarship might bring to fundamentalism.
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Whose Outline?

Expository preaching has been succinctly defined as preaching in which the point of the text is the point of the sermon. In this sense, all preaching should be expository, whether it handles a topic, a verse, or an extended passage of Scripture. If a preacher uses God’s words to make his (the preacher’s) point, then how does God get a word in edgewise? When a outlinepreacher stands before his congregation, he must as directly as possible tell them, “Thus saith the Lord.” Communicating God’s Word may require explanation, illustration, and good and necessary application, but the whole burden of preaching is to relay what God has already said. But why should expository preaching be limited to relaying the point and content of the passage only? Why not the outline as well? Could we be more thoroughly expository if we added this element to our definition: that the outline of the text is the outline of the sermon?
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The Resurrection Body of Christ the Lord, Part 11

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10.

by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D.
crossOur salvation by God’s infinite grace will be fully manifested when we behold our resurrected Savior in glory. Thus, “it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Rom. 13:11, KJV).
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