Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Reading the Scriptures with the Reformers

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Reading the Scriptures with the Reformers

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Reading the Scriptures with the Reformers. By Timothy George. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press Academic. 2011. Pp. 160. $16.00 paperback. ISBN 978-0-8308-2949-1.)

In 1996, Mark Noll (whom author Timothy George counts as a friend, p. 257) published The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, in which he argued that the problem with the evangelical mind was that not many evangelicals used it. George's book is in some ways a corollary or echo to that 1996 book. The evangelical problem that George seeks to overcome is twofold. On the one hand there is the scandal of the modern-the superiority of contemporary life to premodern life. In evangelical circles this can be seen in a rejection of much of "traditional" church services in favor of "contemporary" or "praise services," and in a rejection of Tradition more generally. On the other hand, there is a thread of evangelicalism that asserts that all one needs to interpret properly scripture is the text itself.

This book is thus somewhat of an apology, written by an evangelical to evangelicals, for the value-indeed, the necessity-of reading scripture with the Reformers. It was, according to George, in the Reformation that scripture was returned to its proper place at the center of Christian life-"The Protestant Reformation was a revolution in the original scientific sense of that: the return of a body in orbit to its original position" (p. 17/). Following an introductory chapter on the difference between the ways in which the Reformers read the bible and the modern historicalcritical method are seven chapters that retell the history of the Reformation from the perspective of the centrality of the Word of God to the Reformers. George begins with the dawn of Renaissance humanism and the important work of Lorenzo Valla in critiquing, then criticizing, and finally improving upon the Vulgate of the fifteenth century. …

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