Critics of the Bible

Course Description:

This course features a sweeping overview of the history of modern biblical criticism.  In it, students learn about Spinoza, Voltaire, and other able critics who turned whole societies away from the Word of God.  For instance, France in the 17th century was 96% Catholic, but after being influenced by Spinoza’s follower, Richard Simon, it became 4% Christian. This course specifically spotlights the interpretive approach known as a hermeneutic of suspicion and gives students the opportunity to see for themselves the reasonableness of the doctrine of biblical inspiration.  


Key Questions To Be Explored:

  • Should the Bible be read just as any other book?  If so, why?  If not, why not?

  • Where is the locus for divine revelation?  In the Scriptures? In nature?  In the community of faith?  Is there even such a thing as divine revelation? 

  • What distinguishes lower criticism from higher criticism?

  • Who are the neologians and what did they do?

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