What is wrong with Scripture scholarship today? Why is it that the last place one should go to study the Bible is a biblical studies program at virtually any university? Why are so many faithful priests and pastors, and the people in their pews, unaware of the centuries-long effort to turn the sacred Word of God into just another secular text?

In The Decline and Fall of Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Became a Secular Book, authors Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker trace the various malformations of Scripture scholarship that have led to a devastating loss of trust in the inspired Word of God.

From the Reformation to the Enlightenment and beyond, Hahn and Wiker sketch the revolutions and radical figures that led to the emergence of the historical-critical method and the pervasive ill effects that are still being felt today.

Order now and receive a free downloadable PDF Study Guide! Including questions for each chapter, room for notes, and an indispensable glossary of key terms. This is perfect for group discussion and for enhancing your personal study of the book.


Scott Hahn is the Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979; they have six children and twenty grandchildren. The author or editor of over forty popular and academic books, Dr. Hahn’s works include best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and The First Society.


Benjamin Wiker is a writer, teacher, lecturer, husband, and father of seven children. He has a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. in Political Philosophy from Furman University. He has taught at Marquette University, St. Mary’s University (MN), and Thomas Aquinas College. He is now a Professor of Political Science and Director of Human Life Studies at Franciscan University, and a Senior Fellow of Franciscan’s Veritas Center.



Ralph Martin

“Nothing is more important for the challenges the Church is facing today than restoring Sacred Scripture to its proper place. We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to the mighty labors of Dr. Hahn, Dr. Wiker, and their growing number of collaborators.”

Ralph Martin
Director, Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization, Sacred Heart Major Seminary


Jeff Cavins

“We are living in a world where nearly every aspect of life has been politicized, resulting in a less-than-truthful understanding of what it means to be human. But what if the Bible has also been politicized over the centuries? . . . The good news is that Hahn and Wiker instill in the reader a renewed hope and confidence in the book of all books.”

Jeff Cavins
Founder and Creator, The Great Adventure Bible Study


Tim Staples

“What riveted me to The Decline and Fall of Sacred Scripture was more than just an apologetic defense of Scripture. That’s been done before. Hahn and Wiker masterfully demonstrate in remarkable detail the devastation that follows in the wake of the abandonment of the inspired text.”

Tim Staples
Senior Apologist, Catholic Answers


Cy Kellett

“Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker have written a very readable explanation of what has gone wrong with modern biblical scholarship. How did it get to be such an incoherent mess? Surprisingly, as they answer this question, they end up explaining a great deal of what has gone wrong with the entire modern world.”

Cy Kellett
Host, Catholic Answers Live


Jeff Morrow

“Hahn and Wiker teach the reader to be skeptical of the skeptics. This book does the important work of clearing the ground of the scholarly rubble that has sown the seeds of doubt so that the Bible can once again be turned to as the source of authentic theology and as God’s great love letter to all of us, His children.”

Jeff Morrow
Coauthor, Modern Biblical Criticism as a Tool of Statecraft (1700–1900)

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4 reviews for The Decline and Fall of Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Became a Secular Book

  1. Arnold Jiménez Fuentes

    Great! As soon as i get back from Colombia to USA I’ll buy the book. I’m interesed in looking at the Hist.Crit.Method AND it effects.

  2. Drake Viriona

    I have watched most of the conversion stories from Dr Scott and each sparks enthusiasm to order books which may be as enriching as shared.

  3. Michael O Doherty

    I have a few New Testaments booklets by S. Hahn and C. Mitch. And a few of S. Hahns solo books. Did he or they ever think of producing two volumes for upper high school with loads of multiple choice questions and answers (on perforated pages) by skimming the cream of what he has written. That would be the day!

  4. Janice Bloodworth

    I would buy this book if there was a CD (audio book) available. HUmmmm how
    about it?

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The Decline and Fall of Sacred Scripture: How the Bible Became a Secular Book