The emphasis was NOT on KNOWING THE BIBLE but rather on LEARNING THE LIFESTYLE. The form of teaching that was used Rabbinical instruction; “May you be covered in the master’s dust”
II. Catholic Christianity.
Summarize this era: Ignorant of the Scripture
III. Reformation Christianity
Summarize this era: Relearning the Scripture
Reformation Christianity was a period of time in church history, when the Bible was rediscovered and the church re-formed.
"Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Holy Scriptures or by evident reason-for I can believe neither pope nor councils alone, as it is clear that they have erred repeatedly and contradicted themselves-I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Thus I cannot and will not recant, because acting against one's conscience is neither safe nor sound. Here I stand. God help me. Amen." Martin Luther
IV. Post-Modern Christianity
Summarize: Disconnected from, suspicious of, unbelieving toward the scripture.
In the modern era, at least FOUR hurricanes have come upon the church and its understanding of scripture.
Big Bang Theory
The end result is that the scriptures appear to many as being un-scientific (when it comes to Evolution), mythological (when gives us history; think “Adam and Eve,” and outdated (when it comes to sex).
But these things did create a ripple effect.
First, there was the reaction of Fundamentalists.
Then, there was the reaction of Postmodern Christians, embracing a spirituality without the church (which Jesus invented).