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"Fundamentalism" and the Word of God [Paperback]

By J. I. Packer (Author)
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This book is offered as a constructive re-statement of evangelical principles in the light of the current 'Fundamentalism controversy.' Its aim is to fix the right approach to the Bible, to the intellectual tasks of faith, and to the present debate. The book asks, "What is fundamentalism, and how does it view authority, scripture, faith, reason, and liberalism?"

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This modern classic by the author of Knowing God provides a comprehensive statement of the doctrine of Scripture from an evangelical perspective. J. I. Packer explores the meaning of the word "fundamentalism" and offers a clear and well-reasoned argument for the authority of the Bible and its proper role in the Christian life.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1958
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802811477  
ISBN13  9780802811479  

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More About J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer currently resides in Vancouver, BC.

J. I. Packer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Basics Bible Studies
  2. Crossway Classic Commentaries
  3. Knowing the Bible
  4. Lifeguide Bible Studies
  5. Master Reference Collection
  6. Moody Classics
  7. One Minute Bible
  8. Shorter Writings of J. I. Packer
  9. Theology of Lordship
  10. Through the Year Devotionals
  11. Treasures of John Owen for Today's Readers

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Well written but flawed analysis of fundamentalism.  Nov 14, 2007
J I Packer is blessed with the ability to write concisely and clearly about the ideas he wishes to express but he is not blessed with an accurate understanding of non-evangelical views on sola scriptura. And although he is aware that the pivotal issue at stake for evangelicalism is "Authority" he seems to be unaware that Protestantism prior to the 19th century did not express its confidence in scripture in the same way nor with the same meaning as a modern British or American evangelical would.

Mr Packer's analysis is not especially bad but it is nevertheless seriously lacking in historical perspective, furthermore he does not seem to be aware that one source of criticism of the kind of fundamentalism that he is defending comes from the Catholic and Orthodox Churches where authority is seen from significantly different perspective from the one that Mr Packer takes himself. These shortcomings seriously limit the value of his analysis of fundamentalism in relation to scripture as presented in this book.

Traditional Protestantism expressed in the writings of the early Protestant leaders regarded scripture as the sole infallible rule of faith and life for Christians but scripture was not regarded as an inerrant source of information on every topic that is mentioned in the sacred page. Fundamentalism as expressed in the writings of men like B. B. Warfield, J Gresham Machen, Edward J Young expresses confidence in scripture as both the only infallible rule of faith and life for Christians and also as an inerrant source of revealed truth on every topic about which the sacred page expresses itself. Adding inerrancy* to infallibility* is a significant extension of the traditional Protestant view of the authority scripture and it is a very significant departure from the traditional Christian view of the authority scripture as expressed by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

J I Packer's analysis ignores the two changes mentioned in the previous paragraph and because he ignores these significant changes (and they were both present and clearly visible when his book was first published in 1958) one cannot avoid concluding that he has failed to offer an adequate defence of evangelicalism.

[* Note: Infallibility and Inerrancy have quite different meanings within evangelicalism and within Catholicism, this is evident from the statement of Catholic belief expressed in Dei Verbum - the Dogmatic Constitution on Scripture from Vatican II]
Fundamentalism In A Nutshell  Sep 25, 2007
'Human opinion may not compete with divine revelation.' Charles Spurgeon
in 'The Scales of Judgment'

The author wrote this book, and later distanced himself from these sectarian views. I personally hold fast to much he delivers in this brief. It was his first publication and caused quiet a stir.

Fundamentalists are attacked for exactly their uncompromising stance on God's Word having its origin as divinely inspired, and its authoritative nature, whereby all that is good for life and faith is to be received from God's standard in the explicit word of God.

Many Christians who distance themselves from Fundamentalists, yet defend the authority of Scripture, are actually standing in one accord with Evangelicalism, a more 'user-friendly' variation thereof.

This book is outdated, yet their are timeless truths to the Fundamentalist cause that are fair in its presentation.
Perhaps Oudated, But Solid  Dec 24, 2003
JI Packer wrote this book over 45 years ago. Some of the issues he addresses are not issues today. But the premise behind the book is timeless- the authority of the Word of God. Even though liberalism may not be as strong as it was 50 years ago, today Christendom is wandering farther and farther away from the authority of God?s Word. This fact can be seen in the growth of cults. It can also be seen in how Christians today depend on human authors instead of God?s Word. Yet another manifestation of this wrong notion is the branch of Christianity that replaces God?s Word with emotion and feelings. So though the issue of Liberalism may not be significant today, the issue of authority definitely is.

I read the book for a class on ?The History of Fundamentalism in America?. The book does not really trace the history of Fundamentalism, but the book does cover the central issue in the Fundamentalism/Liberalism debate. Before reading the book, I would suggest reading the first two pages of the conclusion, where the author gives an overview of the entire book. The book is very logically laid out, with each chapter subject building on top of the last chapter subject. The only chapter I had problems with was the chapter on faith. The author tries to explain man?s inability to express faith, showing the author?s reformed presuppositions. I didn?t understand how this tied into the argument and flow of the book, and I think the notion is unbiblical (but this is a discussion for a different book review). The main argument of the book was one of presuppositions (as found in presuppositional apologetics). On page 109 the author writes, ?We should not abandon faith in anything that God has taught us merely because we cannot solve all the problems which it raises. Our own intellectual competence is not the test and measure of divine truth. It is not for us to stop believing because we lack understanding, or to postpone believing till we can get understanding, but to believe in order that we may understand?? This is the core issue of authority- are we going to trust our own minds, or are we going to trust God?s Word?

I would recommend the book to any Christian. The book will challenge you to take on a stronger stance for the Word of God, and it will show the foolishness of doing otherwise.


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