The Bible Tells Them So: The Discourse of Protestant Fundamentalism

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SUNY Press, 1989 - Religion - 139 pages
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Exploring its vigorous hold on believers and its influence on American public life, Boone approaches the authority of fundamentalism using literary theory to explain how the Bible actually functions in sermons and other discourse. Emphasizes the critical problem of any appeal to the fundamentalism is ultimately an authority of the text and of the interpreter, equally. Without the Bible, the preacher is powerless, but without the preacher's interpretations, the text loses its binding authority. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
The Plain Book
17
The Inerrant Text
23
Literal Senses
39
The Interpretive Community
61
The Authority of Interpreters
77
The Doctrine of Hell
99
Conclusion
107
Afterword
113
Notes
115
Works Cited
129
Index
137
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Kathleen C. Boone is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Daemen College.

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