What is the importance of the Bible to Christians today?

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The answer to this question largely depends on which Christian denomination you're talking about. For evangelicals and fundamentalists, the Bible is everything. They regard it as inerrant, providing them with an unchallengeable account of the origins of the universe, the specifics of moral law, and the workings of God in his creation.

Some Christians today, especially those who live in the Bible Belt of the United States, treat the Bible almost as a combined science and history textbook that purports to provide a literal account of how the universe came into being and how humankind developed.

Ever since Martin Luther first nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the castle church of Wittenberg, Protestantism has been indissolubly linked to the close study and preaching of the Word of...

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