FREE eBook – The Praise of Folly: The Enigmatic Life & Theology of C. I. Scofield
Historian Paul Boyer notes that Scofield is “a towering figure in twentieth-century premillennialism.” The Concise Dictionary of Christianity in America observes that “Scofield’s influence on the evangelical / fundamentalist movement of the early twentieth century was enormous.” But who was this man C. I. Scofield? What was the character of this evangelical giant? Does he deserve the adulation of millions of Christians? As Lyle W. Dorsett laments in his A Passion for Souls: The Life of D. L. Moody: “In many ways, Cyrus I. Scofield is an enigmatic figure.” Even if you’re familiar with C. I. Scofield and actually know what the “C” and the “I” stand for, and even if you own a dozen copies of the Scofield Reference Bible, you may still be Scofield-deficient. But not any more!
In this work by former dispensationalist David Lutzweiler you will discover “the enigmatic life and theology of C. I. Scofield.” Scofield’s dominant role in evangelicalism renders a knowledge of his life essential for understanding our times. History, after all, is made by people. To understand it, then, one must know what its most influential people did, why they did it, how they did it, and the consequences — both intended and unintended — of their work. Come and join master detective David Lutzweiler in his historical research uncovering the enigmatic Scofield. The title of this book is taken from the satire by Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (published in 1515). In that book he has the character Folly give an oration wherein he praises self-deception. Tragically, large portions of evangelicalism are engaged in praise of folly.
About the Author
David Lutzweiler is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (1956) and Wheaton College (B.A. in Bible and Theology, 1960). He served on the editorial staff of The Alliance Witness, official organ of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, from 1962 to 1964, at the invitation of Dr. A. W. Tozer. From 1964–72 he was Administrative Assistant to Dr. Spiros Zodhiates at AMG International. He also serves on the advisory board for www.NiceneCouncil.com.
“I Just finished reading The Praise of Folly and thought it was excellent. On occasion I had thought about getting a SRB but after reading Praise of Folly I don’t think I will. Lots of good work went into the planning for your book and you did an excellent job presenting it a very logical/clear way. I can’t believe this guy Scofield, he truly is an enigma—I can’t decide it he was a man of God or the greatest Elmer Gentry of his day. I believe that after people start reading your book—” Its going to hit the fan”. The DPZ’ers will have lots to say—anxious to hear their response.” — Lowell Comstock
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