Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Al Moher Interviews Jimmy Carter on the Bible

The Bible Meets the Modern Age: A Conversation with Former President Jimmy Carter

Today's Thinking in Public program features my interview with former President Jimmy Carter. The conversation was remarkable, and I was honored to have this interview with the 39th President of the United States. The focus of the interview was on the Bible, a book that has framed President Carter’s life from his earliest memories. Even now, he remains the world’s most famous Sunday School teacher.

What makes this conversation so important, however, is the candor of our discussion. President Carter speaks warmly of his love for the Bible, but he also reveals a view of the Bible’s inspiration and authority that rejects inerrancy and opens the door for what he describes as a “selective” application of the Scriptures when it comes to many issues.

President Carter speaks of his boyhood in Georgia, his experience as President of the United States, and his energetic post-presidency.
In my comments, I try to put the conversation into the context of Protestant theology in the twentieth century and the social transformations that marked America during those years. I appreciate President Carter’s gracious candor and the spirit of intellectual engagement that he demonstrated. I believe it was an important interview, and one worth your careful listening.

You can listen to The Bible Meets the Modern World: A Conversation with Former President Jimmy Carter, here. Remember to subscribe to Thinking in Public through this website, or through iTunes.

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