Rev. Sam Alexander is disappointed by Paul Smith’s book Integral Christianity. In his new review, Sam concludes:
So here is how Paul Smith describes a modernist view of the Bible: “The Bible is often viewed suspiciously as a relic from the past. It may be basically discarded or radically reinterpreted. Thomas Jefferson simply cut out the ‘irrational’ parts of the Bible to produce a truly ‘holey’ Bible.” Smith has given us a modernist view of Scripture, NOT an integral view.
But that’s not my real problem. My real problem is that, intended or not, the book becomes an apologetic for the superiority of the Christian scriptures. We after all, have Integral Jesus, and the rest of you are out of luck. And he bases this apologetic on his own editing, divined from his lofty integral perch. Second, it makes Paul Smith the final arbiter of truth. Integral shadow: arrogance.