Research Term: Canonization, Inspiration, and Inerrancy
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The Journal | October 2014
Get to know the world's most important book, the Bible, in this month's Journal. Learn what some of America's founders said about the Bible and Christianity, why Christians need to take the Bible seriously, and ten steps to take to best study the Bible. Doc's recent readings include international affairs, climate change, education, homosexuality, and more.
Seven Tactical Errors Inerrantists Commit
As some see it, the theological foundation of evangelical unity is the fact that the Bible is an inspired book, inerrant in the autographs. Our commitment to the authority and accuracy of the Bible is a belief we value highly, one we desire to share with those outside our circle, and one concerning which we repeatedly endeavor to convince them. Yet, despite our long-term and massive commitment in that direction, despite our meticulous historical , theological and exegetical treatments of the data the yield in number of "converts" to our position remains abysmally meager. In fact, if personal impressions can be trusted, it seems that more defections occur in their direction than in ours. Some of these defections we knowingly and willingly support by official decision. Some we do not. Of the former I shall not speak. But why after we have expended so much effort getting them in the fold — and after getting them there, keeping them there — why do they reject us? "What's wrong with those noninerrantists?" we ask ourselves. "Can't they recognize truth? Don't they know compelling arguments when they see them?"
The Gnostic Gospels (via Equip)
In the first installment of this two-part series, I outlined the stark contrasts between the gnostic Jesus and "the Word become flesh." These respective views of Jesus are lodged within mutually exclusive world views concerning claims about God, the universe, humanity, and salvation. But our next line of inquiry is to be historical. Do we have a clue as to what Jesus, the Man from Nazareth, actually did and said as a player in space-time history? Should such gnostic documents as the Gospel of Thomas capture our attention as a reliable report of the mind of Jesus, or does the Son of Man of the biblical Gospels speak with the authentic voice? Or must we remain in utter agnosticism about the historical Jesus?
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