Inerrancy and Church History: Calvin and Luther

Both Martin Luther and John Calvin spoke often of their view of Scripture. Luther’s understanding of biblical inerrancy, like his predecessors (in the early church and middle ages), grew from his belief in the divine inspiration of Scripture. As Lutheran historian Robert Preus summarizes, “Luther’s notion of biblical infallibility arose from his firm belief that … Continue reading Inerrancy and Church History: Calvin and Luther

Inerrancy and Church History: The Middle Ages

In a previous article I sought to show that although the word "inerrancy" was not used to describe Scripture until rather recently, the concept of an error-free Bible is found among the early church fathers. Theologians in the medieval church also affirmed the complete truthfulness of Scripture.  Here are a few examples. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), … Continue reading Inerrancy and Church History: The Middle Ages

Inerrancy and Church History: The Early Fathers

Since 1978 and the release of Rogers and McKim's massive The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible, it has been a strategy among evangelicals who dislike the doctrine of inerrancy to suggest that the doctrine itself has a recent origin.  Why some evangelical non-inerrantists continue to hold this line is baffling, however, for it is widely … Continue reading Inerrancy and Church History: The Early Fathers

Inerrancy and Apparent Contradictions: Looking at Acts 9:7 and 22:9

One of the ways that critics of inerrancy (the belief that the Bible is entirely true and contains no error of any kind) have sought to undermine the doctrine is by noting the areas where Scripture contradicts itself.  These critics hold that because it is clear that genuine contradictions and errors exist in Scripture, then … Continue reading Inerrancy and Apparent Contradictions: Looking at Acts 9:7 and 22:9