What do these two quotes have in common?
1. Harry Emerson Fosdick was a liberal pastor who wrote this in The Modern Use of the Bible (1924): “From naïve acceptance of the Bible as of equal credibility in all its parts because mechanically inerrant, I passed years ago to the shocking conviction that such traditional bibliolatry is false in fact and perilous in result. …I saw that the new methods of study [higher criticism] were giving far more than they were taking away. They have restored to us the historic Christ. They have led us to the abiding, reproducible experiences of the soul revealed through him. They have given us his imperishable Gospel freed from its entanglements, the Shekinah distinguished from the shrine….”
2. An emergent leader recently tweeted this: “The Bible functions in Christianity as the Temple functions in the Gospels. Just as Jesus was greater than the temple so does Jesus have more authority than the Bible.”
Perhaps the emergent fellow is not as cutting edge as he thinks?