The Literalist and Fundamentalist Interpretation of the Bible: A Review

Caleb Olayiwola Alu ORCID iD 

Issue: Vol.2  No.5 December 2020 Article 1 pp. 102-108
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It is undebatable that Christians and Bible scholars accept the Bible as the uniting point for all – as a source and reference point. However, the approach to interpretation – how they see and read the Bible – divides them. The review of literalist and fundamentalist interpretative approaches based on their identifying tag reveals their convergent and divergent positions. This study shows that no particular hermeneutical “method” can guarantee a better understanding of and obedience to Holy Scripture. An openness of heart and a searching mind remain essential. Also, a large part of the Bible makes sense when read literally and it exercises control on the imagination.

Keywords: Literalist, Fundamentalist, Interpretation, Bible

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Alu,Caleb Olayiwola, MABTS is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Religious Studies, Adeleke University, Ede. Nigeria.

Alu, C.O., “The Literalist and Fundamentalist Interpretation of the Bible: A Review.” Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology 2, no.5(2020): 102-108.

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