The Bible as Idol

Christian Smith, in an interview on Frank Viola’s blog:

“I suspect that for many Christians (despite what they say) God actually seems far off, Christ is a great idea and person and savior, but what seems most real, most accessible, most reliable (and, unfortunately, most controllable) is the Bible. This can easily slip into idolatry. The Bible then becomes for us a “How To” book, when in fact it is a “Who Is” book—telling us who Jesus Christ is, and therefore who God the trinity is, and therefore who we are and what the rest of reality is.”

It’s called biblicism, and it’s possibly the biggest sleeper issue in the evangelical tribe today. Don’t expect popular Christianity to address this much, if at all.