Book Review: Fundamentalism and the Word of God

“Fundamentalism” and the Word of God by J.I. Packer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent introduction to some of the more liberal arguments leveled against Scripture. He keeps his eye on the ball and refuses to allow liberal scholars to get away with shifting the topic under debate. He emphasizes the authority of Scripture throughout the book. His sections on the connection between reason and faith are some of the best in the book. He shows how we are to think faithfully, not attempt to reason outside of our faith. Some of the language is dated. For example, he uses “Biblical Theology” in a way it is no longer normally used. He does a good job critiquing certain aspects of Fundamentalism without throwing it out entirely. The book does not answer all questions, but it is a good starting point for those who want a more in depth analysis of the liberal attack on Scripture.

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Problems with the Pharisees

1. They majored in the minors, neglecting what matter most.
2. Their casuistry [misleading subtle reasoning] negated the law’s spirit and aim.
3. They treated traditions of practice as part of God’s authoritative law, thus binding consciences where God had left them free.
4. They were hypocrites at heart, angling for man’s approval all the time.
(J.I. Packer in Concise Theology, p. 176)

What is a Good Deed?

Here is J.I. Packer’s answer to that question:
A good deed is done,
1. According to the right standard, that is God’s revealed will or moral law.
2. From the right motive, that is love to God and others.
3. With the right purpose, that is pleasing and glorifying God, honoring Christ, advancing his kingdom and benefiting one’s neighbor.
(Concise Theology, p. 175)