Inerrancy Part 1

In 1978 three hundred and thirty men gathered to discuss the mounting assault against the Bible and its trustworthiness. In particular, this meeting met to discuss the issue of inerrancy. Inerrancy very simply defined is the idea that the Bible is free of errors. As with any issue the importance of defining the vocabulary used is paramount in determining the position or positions of all parties involved.

This meeting known as the “International Council on Biblical Inerrancy,” (ICBI) included clergy, scholars, and concerned laity. Albert Mohler illustrated the importance of this meeting by stating, “I do not believe that evangelicalism can survive without the explicit and complete assertion of biblical inerrancy.”[1] Richard R. Melick affirms the task set before twenty-first-century evangelicalism, “Each generation of skeptical scholars seek to silence the message of the Bible.”[2] There is not a shortage of liberal scholars seeking to champion the idea of an errant Bible. Some of these men include Clark Pinnock, Bart Ehrman, Peter Enns, Kenton Sparks, Kevin Vanhoozer, Andrew McGowan, Stanley Grenz, Brian MacLaren, Darrel Bock, and Robert Webb.

The outcome of the ICBI was the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (CSBI). This document is the definition by which this author will first use to affirm what inerrancy is; along with a reflection of the positions and methodologies used by those involved in the battle for and against biblical inerrancy.

[1] Albert Mohler, “When the Bible Speaks God Speaks: The Classical Doctrine of Inerrancy,” in Five Views of Biblical Inerrancy, ed. J. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013), p. 24.

[2] Richard R. Melick, “Can We Understand the Bible,” in In Defense of the Bible, ed. Stephen B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder (Nashville, TH: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2013), p. 106.

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