Scot McKnight has declared Christian Smith’s book The Bible Made Impossible as his Jesus Creed Book of the Year.
This is the next book on my reading list.
At the link above you will also find an interesting list of 2011 books that, according to Scot. deserve our attention.
Here is his presentation of the Smith book:
Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. In spite of being panned by a few notable evangelicals, Smith is one of America’s finest scholars of evangelicalism, knows theology, and has poked populist evangelicalism in the eye — both eyes in fact. He has laid down a challenge that must be met: How to read the Bible in a way that does not lead to pervasive pluralism but leads to conclusions on which we can agree enough to say “Thus saith the Lord.” Until that happens, we’ve got too many lone rangers claiming “Thus saith the Lord.” What good is it to say we’ve got the very Word of God if we can’t agree on what the Word says?