Saturday, May 02, 2009

Jesus Saves, Not the Bible

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In an interesting article in the Washington Post Bart Ehrman points out a problem with Fundamentalist Christianity.

The idea that to be a Christian you have to 'believe in the Bible' (meaning, believe that it is in some sense infallible) is a modern invention. Church historians have traced the view, rather precisely, to the Niagara Conference on the Bible, in the 1870s, held over a number of years to foster belief in the Bible in opposition to liberal theologians who were accepting the results of historical scholarship. In 1878 the conference summarized the true faith in a series of fourteen statements. The very first one -- to be believed above all else -- was not belief in God, or in the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was belief in the Bible.

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