Theological Pillars of Inerrancy

The Reformed Reader

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture The teaching of the Bible’s inerrancy is not simply based on a few verses here and there.  It is also based on theology proper (who God is; his character and attributes).  Mark Thompson makes this point in his helpful essay, “Toward a Theological Account of Biblical Inerrancy.”  Here’s a summarization of Thompson’s five theological pillars of inerrancy.  Inerrancy is based on:

1) God’s Personal veracity (truthfulness).  The testimony to God’s truthfulness is consistent throughout Scripture.  As the creator of all, God knows all things as they truly are.  His word can be relied on (Num. 23:19, 1 Sam. 15:29, Prov. 30:5, Ps. 119:160, Titus 1:1-3, Heb. 6:17-18, Rev. 6:10, etc).  The truth of what God says is fully grounded in the truth that God is.

2) God’s concursive involvement in the created order.  The distinction between the Creator and his creation is no barrier to God’s genuine…

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