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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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‘An inspired communication from the Deity … Or … Nothing’

‘An inspired communication from the Deity … Or … Nothing’

The Dilemma of Evangelical Dissenters

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(p.28) 4 ‘An inspired communication from the Deity … Or … Nothing’
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The Dissenters Volume III
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Michael R. Watts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.003.0004

This chapter describes the devastating impact of radical biblical scholarship on orthodox Nonconformists, the vast majority of whose faith was founded on the assumption that the Scriptures were inspired and infallible. Higher criticism reduced much of the Bible to ‘mere speculation’ and with its authority undermined the churches' assurance that they had a message direct from God, lost something of its credibility.

Keywords:   religious dissent, biblical scholarship, Nonconformists, Evangelical Dissenters

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