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Still active in Chesterton's time and not extinct in our own, bibliolatry involved a sterile confrontation with an equally literal-minded atheism, like that of James Turnbull in The Ball and the Cross.
This is the sort of flat-earth bibliolatry that gives Christianity a bad name.
An aside: The fact that the devil also knows the scriptures should give us some cause for concern over the popular bibliolatry of our age.
Frank Turner observed that "Just as the piety and bibliolatry of Evangelicalism had bred the honest doubter in matters of religion, so also .
In the end, evangelism seems to offer little more than an exchange of idolatry for bibliolatry, gods for devils, and magic for dogma.
While advocating a Bible-centred church the bishop warns against the dangers of bibliolatry and biblicism.
Champion "Bible-smasher" and a literary man, Foote crusaded against bibliolatry (a project that allies him with Butler and Meredith, among others); his Freethinker, Marsh argues, can be seen as a "`militant' opposite to literature's `reverent' support of Holy Scripture" (181).
To what extent marginal accretions of this kind qualify as literature is open to question; and in assessing a volume packed with observations on such subjects as Mesmerism, the Council of Trent, ancient Jewish history, the bugbear of Bibliolatry, and aspects of English versification, representative quotation is hardly feasible.
But we can still have reservations about the repercussions of so much high-level bibliolatry.
With these, however, arise some dangers: "a fixation upon peripheral and nonessential matters," (86) inclination toward a sectarian mentality, "a tendency to present too, limited a view of the salvation that is found in Jesus Christ," and bibliolatry.
Beginning with Reformation foundations--Luther's axiom of sola scriptura and Tyndale's English translation of Scripture--Katz moves to the era of the English Civil War, which he views as the "high water mark" (40) of bibliolatry in Anglo-Protestantism prior to the emergence of modern fundamentalism.
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