Some Thoughts, Links, and Sources on Inerrancy and Inspiration

Survey of the Belief of biblical inerrancy in the U.S.:

On 2007-MAY-25, Gallup reported the results of a national poll on Biblical inerrancy. Those polled were asked which of three statements comes closest to describing their personal views about the Bible. The average of polls taken during MAY of 2005, 2006 and 2007 were:

  • 31% believe that “The Bible is the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word.” This would imply acceptance of biblical inerrancy.
  • 47% believe that “The Bible is the inspired word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally.”
  • 19% believe that “The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.”
  • 3% were uncertain or didn’t answer.
  • Margin of error was ±3 percentage points. 3

An identical poll taken during 2011-MAY showed little change:

  • 30% believe that “The Bible is the actual word of God, and is to be taken literally, word for word.”
  • 49% believe that “The Bible is the inspired word of God, but not everything in it should be taken literally.”
  • 17% believe that “The Bible is an ancient book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man.”
  • 4% were uncertain or didn’t answer. 4

Formal education can have a devastating effect on a person’s belief in inerrancy. 46% of persons with high school education or less believe that the Bible should be interpreted literally. This dropped to 22% for persons with some college education, and to 15% among college graduates.

Topics dealing with inerrancy in this section, provided by Religious Tolerance:

Most of the following essays deal with inerrancy from a Christian perspective

bullet A brief overview; quotations; historical impacts of belief in inerrancy
bullet A more detailed introduction to inerrancy
bullet What is the impact of biblical inerrancy, authority, etc. on North American culture?
bullet More material on biblical inerrancy:

bullet What is biblical inerrancy?
bullet Terms associated with inerrancy — authority, infallibility, inspiration
bullet The linkage between biblical inerrancy and inspiration
bullet Problems with infallibility
bullet Why belief in inerrancy can be hazardous to one’s faith. Problems with inerrancy:  Part 1 Part 2
bullet An analysis of apparent errors and inconsistencies in Jesus conception and birth
bullet Biblical inerrancy: beliefs, references:

bullet What Americans believe.
bullet Web sites dealing with inerrancy and errancy.
bullet Is inerrancy important?: Arguments yes and no
bullet What the Bible says about its own inerrancy
bullet Inerrancy, as interpreted by:

bullet Fundamentalist and other evangelical Protestants
bullet Mainline and liberal/progressive Protestants
bullet The Roman Catholic Church
bullet

Contrasting beliefs among different Christian groups

bullet Why we cannot prove biblical inerrancy or errancy
 * Theories of Inspiration By M. James Sawyer (PDF Version)
bullet Twelve tests of biblical inerrancy/errancy:

bullet Part 1: Four indicators of errancy
bullet Part 2: Five more indicators of errancy
bullet Three indicators that are currently inconclusive
bullet A final indicator of errancy based on biblical ambiguity
bullet Did the Holy Spirit inspire the authors of the Bible?
bullet Books on biblical errancy, inerrancy, reliability, etc.

  • The Blog Mind Renewers goes through the Greek Word Theopneustos and what the inscripturation of scripture.  And dissects it to its core meaning.  Those that have particularly attracted interest include The Scriptures — Inspired or Expired?  (and the supporting The Meaning of Theopneustos).  “Inscripturation” is that process of writing down what God revealed so that we have the Scriptures.  In many cases, but not all, inscripturation is recording special revelation.   

Defining theopneustos

God breathed the Scriptures into existence, and He breathed life into the Scriptures.  They are divine in origin and divine in nature, a living, life-giving, and life-changing Book.


The Role Of Men In The Making Of Scripture (As according to Jason)

What role did men play in the making of Scripture? Is Scripture a Divine production, or a human production? The answer is that Scripture is both a Divine production and a human production.

It seems to be the idea of some that the Divine inspiration of Scriptures means that God somehow overrode the personalities and wills of the men He used when He gave Scripture to us. Is this so? I think not, and it seems to me that the Scriptures disagree with that assessment as well.

So it was with the men God used in the making of the Scriptures.

God-Breathed + Man Written = God’s Inerrant Word

That’s a bit of a surprise, isn’t it? After all, we are often presented with something similar to the following:

Men make mistakes.

Men wrote the Bible.

Therefore the Bible has mistakes in it.

 

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About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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