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Bibliolatry

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Fundamentalist: I believe Jesus is my Savior because the Scriptures are inspired and they say He is.
Lutheran: I believe the Scriptures are inspired because Jesus is my Savior and He says they are.[1]
—Kevin D. Vogts on bibliolatry vs. orthodoxy

Bibliolatry (from the Greek, biblion, "book," + latria, "worship") is the practice, within Christianity, of worshipping the Bible in the place of God.

Pejorative[edit]

The term is used exclusively as a pejorative, and is mainly used against fundamentalists who interpret the Bible very literally, or put such great stock by it as to make the appearance of upholding the Bible for the Bible's own sake rather than because they believe it was dictated by God. In other words, the accusation of bibliolatry is to directly imply that the accused essentially worships the Bible, itself, as or in place of God, thus, using the Bible as a graven idol.

Southern Baptists[edit]

In 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention removed language from their creed, the Baptist Faith and Message, that had established God as the "exegetical standard" for interpreting the Bible. They also went on a witch-hunt, purging seminary teachers and brass who suggested that advances in history and archaeology could lead people to a better understanding of the Bible. These actions drew charges of bibliolatry, and SBC vice president A. William Merrell, in a colossal snit, accused those making the charges of political motivations and heresy.[2]

Bibliolaters[edit]

Examples of careful enough wording not to count as bibliolaters[edit]

  • Institute for Creation Research's tenets has this:
    • "Its unique, plenary, verbal inspiration guarantees that these writings, as originally and miraculously given, are infallible and completely authoritative on all matters with which they deal, free from error of any sort, scientific and historical as well as moral and theological." Notice "infallible and completely authoritative" leaves room open for God to change it whereas "ultimate authority" or "final authority" does not.
  • Got Questions
    • We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In faith we hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, God-breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). While still using the individual writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted written, without error or omission (2 Peter 1:21).[4]

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