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Mark A. Noll

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151119.001.0001

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The “Bible Alone” and a Reformed, Literal Hermeneutic

The “Bible Alone” and a Reformed, Literal Hermeneutic

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(p.367) 18 The “Bible Alone” and a Reformed, Literal Hermeneutic
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America's God
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Mark A. Noll (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195151119.003.0018

By the 1830s and 1840s, challenges began to emerge to republican, commonsense understandings of the Christian faith. In the North, stronger individualistic interpretations emerged, whereas Southerners were returning to classic understandings of republicanism. In both the North and the South, however, the dominant pattern of biblical interpretation was shaped by the Reformed tradition, and it stressed a literal reading of the text. In the years leading up to the Civil War, differences over how to interpret Scripture, especially with regard to slavery, led to far‐reaching theological debates.

Keywords:   Bible alone, hermeneutics, literalism, Reformed Protestantism, Scripture, slavery

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