Inerrancy Is a Place to Live

Ivan Mesa | February 29, 2016

“Scripture cannot be broken,” our Lord Jesus said without qualification (John 10:35). 

Throughout history his followers have believed the Bible, as a divinely given book, is fully trustworthy and contains no error. To use a more specific term, it’s inerrant. From there, much more can be said about the role of human writers, interpretive differences, philosophical and epistemelogical considerations, and present-day challenges.

So to help gain perspective and go deeper in this discussion, I corresponded with Don Carson, president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson—research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago—and a team of 37 contributors have published a massive new 1,256-page tome titled The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures (Eerdmans).

In this interview we learn why “inerrancy” is still the best word to use today, when the battle over inerrancy becomes a distraction, how the doctrine should be a “place to live,” and more.

In one sentence, how would you define “inerrancy”?

The word “inerrancy” simply means without error; the doctrine of inerrancy is nothing more than the affirmation that the Bible always tells the truth.

If the word “inerrancy” requires so much careful definition and discussion, is it still the best word to use today? 

Certainly inerrancy requires careful definition and discussion. For example:

(a) Inerrancy is not to be…

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