Harry Rimmer and a number of others attempted to show that the Scriptures contain anticipations of modern science.But that solution no longer works. There is also much reliance on the discoveries of modern archeological research but that foundation is laid only by ignoring findings that seem to counter the biblical record." In After Fundamentalism Ramm even took a swipe at the Moody Bible Institute, whose publication division (back in 1953) printed Ramm's relatively brash and youthful Protestant Christian Evidences that Mc Dowell cited in ETDAV.Before you dismiss, please consider making a donation. By providing information which is nearly impossible to find elsewhere, the Secular Web has sought to level the playing field by offering arguments and evidence challenging supernatural beliefs.In an ocean of religious confusion, help us maintain a drop of sanity!And Ramm's understanding of the "truth" of Christianity is not the same as Mc Dowell's.For instance in the preface to Ramm's next book, The Christian View of Science and Scripture (published a year after the book Mc Dowell cited) Ramm lamented the growth of "...a narrow bibliolatry [an excessive adherence to a literal interpretation of the Bible - ED.], the product not of faith but of fear," which had become the "major tradition of evangelicalism in the twentieth century." Ramm pointed out the lack of legitimate scientific and theological expertise on the part of "Biblical creationists" and discussed the questionable methods they employed to "prove" the truths of the Bible in a literal fashion.You can dismiss the support request pop up for 4 weeks (28 days) if you want to be reminded again.Or you can dismiss until our next donations drive (typically at the beginning of October).
Sometimes they do try to make hay out of modern knowledge.Josh Mc Dowell interprets the Bible and science in exactly the fashion Ramm laments - including a belief in a literal "six-day creation" that took place only a few thousand years ago. Ramm continued to distance himself from the views of Josh Mc Dowell and other "narrow bibliolators" in After Fundamentalism: The Future of Evangelical Theology (published thirty years after the work that Mc Dowell cited in ETDAV.) Ramm wrote, "Fundamentalists do not properly interact with modern learning and thus are condemned to the losing strategy of obscurantism...Evolution, modern geology, scientific anthropology, and biblical criticism are subjected to continuous castigation.As Ramm sees things today, "The founding of the Moody Bible Institute as a center of premillenial and dispensational theology [involving a literalistic interpretation of the Bible - ED.]  was the beginning.
"The Uniqueness of the Christian Experience" is the final chapter of Josh Mc Dowell's ETDAV and the culmination of all of his arguments for the "overwhelming truth" of the four brief Gospel stories of the life, teachings and miracles of Jesus of Nazareth. The first expert witness whom Mc Dowell calls to the stand is Bernard Ramm, author of Protestant Christian Evidences, published in 1953.
The chapter consists of many sweeping claims of approval of "Christianity" in general and of "Christian experience" in particular. In that book Ramm wrote, "Because Christianity is true, it must have relevancy to every single aspect of the universe and human experience." Directly following the quotation, Mc Dowell added, "The evidence for the validity of both [Jesus' resurrection]" as a "factual event in history" and "Christian experience" is "overwhelming." However, Ramm did not say that, Mc Dowell did.