Religion: Bible Battles

To Evangelical Protestants, who number perhaps 40 million in the U.S., the Bible is not only the locus of faith but, increasingly, a subject of spirited debate. Things heated up considerably last week with the publication of The Battle for the Bible (Zondervan; $6.95). Its author: the Rev. Harold Lindsell, 62, editor of Christianity Today (circ. 118,000), the movement's most influential journal. True Evangelicals must believe that the Bible is completely error-proof or "inerrant," writes Lindsell, not only on doctrine and morals but on every detail of history and science. U.S. Evangelicalism, he...

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