Protestantism and Biblical Criticism

Peter Enns

in The Bible and the Believer

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979967 | DOI:
Protestantism and Biblical Criticism

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Written by Enns from an evangelical Protestant perspective, this essay explains the difficulty of defining “Protestant” today. Next it describes some obstacles to Protestants accepting biblical criticism in the past: sola Scriptura, the nature of the Bible, and Protestant identity in the 19th century. Then it focuses on the particular challenges posed by evolution, the Documentary Hypothesis, and ancient Babylonian myths. Nevertheless, it finds a way forward by taking seriously the findings of biblical criticism and archaeology, and concludes with advice based on experience about integrating the critical and religious readings of Scripture.

Keywords: archaeology; Documentary Hypothesis; evangelical; evolution; myth; Protestant; sola Scriptura

Chapter.  18175 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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