Saturday, October 2, 2010

Kevin DeYoung's Inerrancy roundup

Great round up from Kevin DeYoung's Blog on the topic of Inerrancy:


  1. "Calvin never rejected the truthfulness of any Scriptural affirmation."
  2. Tim Keller sees no practical or pastoral difference between saying "inerrancy" and saying "the Bible is authoritative". 
  3. Contrary to the suggestion of some (that 'inerrancy is a modern invention') is the fact that the idea of inerrancy is as old as the church.
  4. Not having the original manuscripts isn't a problem for the doctrine of inerrancy.

It makes me think about the place of complexity.  We shouldn't confuse it with difficulty or mystery.  Nor should we confuse complexity of expression with complexity of content.  Furthermore context is important, something can be both complex and simple, historically unclear but now very explainable.  All this is to say that in future I want when someone questions inerrancy I want to ask what for them makes it complex, unclear or difficult for them?

3 comments:

Allan said...

Correctly understood, the Bible is infallible and inerrant.

Incorrectly understood, it's absolute nonsense.

Luke said...

I agree, the debate about understanding and applying the bible should focus on correctness of the interpretation and the tradition the interpretation comes out of.

Jon said...

Didn't Calvin refer to the Epistle of James as an "epistle of straw"?

On a more serious note, shifting the question to one of interpretation does seem to get you somewhere, even if only by lowering the temperature. It's like your "Abraham line" question. If its all about interpretation then can we legitimately say "yes, I accept that the historical books are inerrant, but only on the basis that the writers were recording myths about their origins and never intended them to be read as a factual chronicle".

However, it would not be clear then just what about the accounts is "inerrant". And it still doesn't help me with the poems. I'm still waiting for an explanation of how a poem or song can be inerrant.