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How the Bible Works : An Anthropological Study of Evangelical Biblicism - Brian Malley

How the Bible Works

An Anthropological Study of Evangelical Biblicism

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What do evangelicals believe when they 'believe in the Bible?' Despite hundreds of English versions that differ in their texts, evangelicals continue to believe that there is a stable text--'the Bible'--which is the authoritative word of God and an essential guide to their everyday lives. To understand this phenomenon of evangelical Biblicism, anthropologist and biblical scholar Brian Malley looks not to the words of the Bible but to the Bible-believing communities. For as Malley demonstrates, it is less the meaning of the words of the Bible itself than how 'the Bible' provides a proper ground for beliefs that matters to evangelicals. Drawing on recent cognitive and social theory and extensive fieldwork in an evangelical church, Malley's book is an invaluable guide for seminarians, social scientists of religion, or for anyone who wants to understand just how the Bible works for American evangelicals.

This is an exciting time for students of religion, with new competing theories drawing on cognitive anthropology and psychology, and on evolutionary biology. With this first in-depth case-study of a religious movement based on these novel ideas, Brian Malley makes an outstanding contribution to the ongoing debates.--Dan Sperber, French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Creekside Baptist Churchp. 17
The Bible at Issuep. 17
Creekside Baptist Churchp. 21
Methodological Reflectionsp. 34
What Is "the Bible"?p. 37
Versions and Variantsp. 37
Namep. 41
Categoryp. 60
Synopsisp. 67
Consequencesp. 67
Interpretation and Traditionp. 73
Interpretive Traditionp. 74
A Hermeneutic Tradition?p. 87
Hermeneutic Activityp. 103
Between Irrelevance and Anarchyp. 120
Synopsisp. 124
Indefinite Interpretabilityp. 125
Biblical Authorityp. 127
The Problem of Biblical Authorityp. 127
The Nature of Biblical Authorityp. 136
Dialogical Biblicismp. 137
Principle vs. Practicep. 143
The Structure of Biblicismp. 145
A New Modelp. 145
Comparison to the Commonsense Modelp. 147
The Epidemiology of American Evangelical Biblicismp. 152
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 167
About the Authorp. 173
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ISBN: 9780759106659
ISBN-10: 0759106657
Series: Cognitive Science of Religion
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 28th June 2004
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.25