A major feature of the fifth century of Lutheranism is what Harold Lindsell calls the “Battle for the Bible.” The battle for the Bible has affected all denominations, not just Lutherans.
As the Bible was subjected to more and more scientific analysis, people started to question some of its accuracy and reliability.
Key elements of the battle for the Bible were:
Is the Bible God’s Word? Did God really inspire people to write it?
Is the Bible historically accurate?
The Bible’s miracles particularly came under scrutiny since miracles, by definition, cannot be explained scientifically.
Can we pick and choose parts of the Bible and ignore the parts we don’t like, especially when it comes to today’s social issues?
Has God revealed books of the Bible in addition to the 66 books that are currently in the Bible?
These are some of the issues that were debated in the battle…
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