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Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
There is little doubt that the inerrancy of the Bible is a current and often contentious topic among evangelicals. Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy represents a timely contribution by showcasing the spectrum of evangelical positions on inerrancy, facilitating understanding of these perspectives, particularly where and why they diverge.
Each essay in Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy considers:
- the present context and the viability and relevance for the contemporary evangelical Christian witness;
- whether and to what extent Scripture teaches its own inerrancy;
- the positions assumed/implied understandings of the nature of Scripture, God, and truth; and
- three difficult biblical texts, one that concerns intra-canonical contradictions, one that raises questions of theological plurality, and one that concerns historicity.
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy serves not only as a single-volume resource for surveying the current debate, but also as a catalyst both for understanding and advancing the conversation further. Contributors include Al Mohler, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, Peter Enns, and John Franke.
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5For the TheologianMarch 31, 2014Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Designed more for the theologian than the layman, the newest volume in this on-going series discussing differences within the evangelical church, serves as an excellent introduction to the student or pastor seeking to understand the rich diversity in theology found in discussing inerrancy within the conservative church.
My first introduction to the topic was in seminary - a seminary which held strongly to the inerrancy of the scriptures. That provided an important preparation for my current denominational fellowship This book, read some 40 years after completing seminary, served as a good review of the doctrine and a review of its growth and its understanding within the 21st century church.
After some introductory comments on the role of inerrancy within the church's doctrinal positions, the book presents five surprisingly different views or perspectives of the doctrine of inerrancy. As the introduction points out, each author is asked to respond to four sub-topics:
1. God and his relationship to his creatures
2. The doctrine of inspiration
3. The nature of scripture
4. The nature of truth
Each author then was asked to address three pairs of scriptures that have traditionally been challenges to the doctrine of inerrancy:
1. Joshua 6 as current archaeological evidence calls into
question its historicity
2. The questions raised by the discrepancy between Acts
9:7 and Acts 22:9 as they describe Saul's conversion
3. The question of law and grace as evidenced by
Deuteronomy 20 (where God calls for the annihilation of
Israel's enemies) and Matthew 5 (where God requires us
to love our enemies).
Each author is allowed to present his view using the above framework. This is followed by a response from each of the other contributors. The book concludes with comments from the editor - seeking to open "lines of communication" between those with differing views, even beyond that contained in the body of the text.
The most obvious missing element in the book is the lack of a feminine voice among the chosen authors. It might have been interesting to allow a female voice respond to the contents of the book - though I am sure this will occur as they review the book after the fact. I would have liked to see such a voice in the body of the text.
Regardless, the book ought to be read by every seminary or theological student exploring the doctrine of scripture in any depth. It probably will not be the most prominent book on a pastor's book shelf, but he will have read it and allowed its contents to shape the conclusions he/she makes in the understanding of scripture.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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