The Sacred Text
Biblical Authority in Nineteenth-Century America
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This work should encourage conservatives regarding the historical legitimacy and orthodoxy of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy."
--Roy B. Zuck, in Bibliotheca Sacra
"This is an outstanding work and a great contribution. It is wide in its research, concise in its expression, and extremely helpful."
--John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church and President, The Master's College and The Master's Seminary
"Learned, deeply researched, and forcefully argued, Sacred Text affords a powerful and sharply focused revisionist interpretation that, to my mind, effectively establishes the hegemony of literalism and inerrancy among most Protestant theologians and scholars. In a brilliant concluding chapter on the famous heresy trial of Charles Briggs, Satta makes a most plausible argument that the misinterpretations of Ernest Sandeen and other historians of American religion can be traced to Briggs's defense. The book is sure to stir up fruitful debate among scholars of American Protestantism."
--Robert Westbrook, Professor of History, University of Rochester
"The Sacred Text is an excellent historical study of biblical authority in the nineteenth century. Satta argues that the Princeton defense of biblical inerrancy was anchored in careful scholarship and historic Protestant doctrine. His account of the Briggs controversy and the resultant anti-Princeton historiography is first-rate."
--Roger Schultz, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Liberty University
"Ronald Satta provides a careful and lucid defense of a position I had thought to be mistaken until his research persuaded me otherwise: he argues that the doctrine of biblical inerrancy in the original manuscripts is not an invention of late-nineteenth-century Protestantism but was in fact widely held throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by a range of American theologians and scholars."
--Edward Wierenga, Department of Religion and Classics, University of Rochester