Believing that the Bible is ‘inerrant’ is a sub-Christian view of Scripture

Holding to an irrerrant view of Scripture is sub-Christian—and more Muslim than Christian.

Peter Enns’ latest blog post includes an insightful quote from the British missionary and theologian, Lesslie Newbigin, highlighting the dangers of treating the Bible as a “compendium of factually inerrant propositions about everything in heaven and earth”.

Enns goes on to suggest that holding to an irrerrant view of Scripture is sub-Christian—and more Muslim than Christian. He then shares, inspired by Newbigin’s quote, what a true Christian view of Scripture would look like, suggesting that it:

  • does not treat Scripture as a compendium of inerrant positions about everything in heaven and earth
  • does not ignore advances in science and other fields of knowledge when articulating the nature of Scripture
  • is aware, as a simple matter of observation, that the Bible contains contradictions and inconsistencies on factual matters
  • understands that there is ultimately no neutrality in knowledge, but that does not mean one can take refuge behind “we all have presuppositions” to reject sure knowledge or factual matters derived from science

You can read Enns’ full post here.

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