We affirm that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us, it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses. We deny that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time infallible and errant in its assertions.
Infallibility and inerrancy may be distinguished, but not separated. We affirm that Scripture in its entirety is inerrant, being free from all falsehood, fraud, or deceit. We deny that Biblical infallibility and inerrancy are limited to spiritual, religious, or redemptive themes, exclusive of assertions in the fields of history and science. We further deny that scientific hypotheses about earth history may properly be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on creation and the flood.
We affirm the propriety of using inerrancy as a theological term with reference to the complete truthfulness of Scripture. We deny that it is proper to evaluate Scripture according to standards of truth and error that are alien to its usage or purpose.
We further deny that inerrancy is negated by Biblical phenomena such as a lack of modern technical precision, irregularities of grammar or spelling, observational descriptions of nature, the reporting of falsehoods, the use of hyperbole and round numbers, the topical arrangement of material, variant selections of material in parallel accounts, or the use of free citations.
We affirm the unity and internal consistency of Scripture. We deny that alleged errors and discrepancies that have not yet been resolved vitiate the truth claims of the Bible. We affirm that the doctrine of inerrancy is grounded in the teaching of the Bible about inspiration. We deny that Jesus' teaching about Scripture may be dismissed by appeals to accommodation or to any natural limitation of His humanity.
We affirm that the doctrine of inerrancy has been integral to the Church's faith throughout its history. We deny that inerrancy is a doctrine invented by Scholastic Protestantism, or is a reactionary position postulated in response to negative higher criticism. We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God's written Word. We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit operates in isolation from or against Scripture. We affirm that the text of Scripture is to be interpreted by grammatical-historical exegesis, taking account of its literary forms and devices, and that Scripture is to interpret Scripture.
We deny the legitimacy of any treatment of the text or quest for sources lying behind it that leads to relativizing, dehistoricizing, or discounting its teaching, or rejecting its claims to authorship. We affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the whole of the Christian faith. We further affirm that such confession should lead to increasing conformity to the image of Christ. We deny that such confession is necessary for salvation.
However, we further deny that inerrancy can be rejected without grave consequences, both to the individual and to the Church. This article may be reproduced without permission. Please credit the source by citing the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is member supported and operates only by your faithful support.
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Search Bible Search. Craig, Samuel ed. Advanced Options Exact Match. Others, in an attempt to defend inerrancy, have denied such legitimate disciplines as textual criticism. To find in the Bible items that are not presently understandable or that may seem erroneous or contradictory does not mean that the Bible is in error. The writings are the same, the expressions are the same. Issues of science and history, however, must be evaluated in light of the intention of the author, and the degree of precision he is attempting to use.
Skip to Main Content Area. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. As the church grew, the New and Old Testaments were arranged into the form and number we know today. Church traditions of biblical interpretation came to occupy a position of importance rivaling that of the Bible itself. The use of allegorical readings, dating back to Jewish traditions, was common in the Roman Catholic church. Conservative believers feared that this criticism was leading to a rejection of traditional biblical teachings. What is historical criticism of the Bible?
In , Presbyterian scholars A. Hodge and B.
Warfield and Hodge argued that the doctrine of inerrancy originated with the Bible and remained a part of orthodox beliefs throughout early Church history. Over the course of the next century, biblical literalism became an article of faith in evangelical belief. Controversy over this position arose in the late twentieth century, with the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy and the publication of Jack B.
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