Receiving the Word: How New Approaches to the Bible Impact Our Biblical Faith and Lifestyle

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Throughout centuries the Bible has come under vicious attack from critics outside the church. In some instances, the Bible was ridiculed, banned, and even burned. Yet the Bible survived as the inspired, trustworthy, and authoritative revelation of God's will.

Today, however, an assault on the Bible is coming from people claiming to be Christians and occupying positions of responsibility in the church. A careful look at contemporary theological scene will reveal that much of today's theological activity is directed towards discrediting the Bible or creating doubts over its trustworthiness and absolute reliability. Many theologians in the classrooms, many preachers in the pulpits, and many leaders in administrative positions are subtly creating doubts in the minds of their hearers by suggesting that the Bible can no longer be fully trusted on almost any issue.

Contrary to the claims of the Bible, these dissenting theological voices allege that fulfilled prophecies of the Bible were actually written after the events took place. The Bible's history, they say, is not historical, its science is not scientific, its stories are myths, its facts are fables, its heroes were immoral, and its ethics are not practical today. All these they present as new views of the Bible that will bring about a greater appreciation of the beauty of the Bible! To make this perspective palatable to unsuspecting believers, these critics have come up with different theories to explain the nature of the Bible (inspiration) and the appropriate method for its interpretation.

This book (Receiving the Word) is one of the few works that effectively explains the root cause of the doubts over the Word of God. It explains and addresses the core issues raised by contemporary higher-criticism (the historical-critical method). Christians of all stripes--not just Seventh-day Adventists--will be greatly benefited by this insightful book. At the heart of the Christian faith is the authority of the Bible. Considerable confusion abounds today over the nature of biblical authority and its interpretation.

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Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD, is a provocative African author, speaker, and theologian. Trained in engineering and systematic theology, he is currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he ministers to students, faculty, and staff at The University of Michigan. He also teaches courses in Christian ethics and theology at college and university campuses around the world. As an inspirational speaker, Dr. Pipim speaks extensively at events for youth, students, and young professionals. He has authored and co-authored more than a dozen insightful books. His other life-changing works include Not for Sale, Patience in the Midst of Trials and Afflictions, Healed Wounds but Ugly Scars, and This Is Love.

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An amazingly clear and competent presentation which will supply Seventh-day Adventists with a reasoned statement of their own position and challenge liberals to reexamine their fundamental presuppositions. I wish it the widest circulation. --Raoul Dederen, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University.

Receiving the Word is one of the few provocative books that has actually succeeded in moving beyond surface labels and rhetorical intimidations into the very core of the present Seventh-day Adventist identity crisis. No committed Seventh-day Adventist should ever miss the reading of this extremely insightful work. --Alberto R. Timm, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Brazil Adventist College (Central Campus)

The author has given us much food for thought in his careful analysis of the various approaches to the study of Scripture. I commend him for his forthright presentation of the pros and cons of these methods of study. Seventh-day Adventists have historically been known as a people who believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God. We must not deviate from this belief. --Paul Gordon, Ellen G. White Estate, Silver Spring, MD

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