Do the Scriptures contain errors? If so, can they still be said to be inspired? How do we harmonize the difficult portions of Scripture that seem to disagree? This session will familiarize the student with the often misunderstood and abused doctrine of inerrancy. Evangelicals have in many respects been defined by this doctrine. The student should learn to distinguish between the doctrines of inerrancy and infallibility, understanding that they are no longer synonymous as is often supposed. During this session, the student will struggle with many of the various passages of Scripture that seem to disagree with one another, learning that these “discrepancies” usually are supposed because of faulty assumptions pertaining to one’s hermeneutic. The student will also struggle with the difference in saying that the doctrine of inerrancy demands that the Scripture contain the exact words of its subjects and saying the doctrine of inerrancy allows for summaries and paraphrases of its subjects.
For Further Study:
- The Bible: The Inerrant Word of God
- The Modern Inerrancy Debate
- Biblical Inerrancy
- What Price Biblical Errancy?
- The Devil is in the Details: Biblical Inerrancy and the Licona Controversy
What is ‘Inerrancy’?
Inerrancy – Did God Really Say…?
Why do we call the Bible inerrant?
Michael Horton – Is The Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible?
What Is Inerrancy? (William Lane Craig)