Bibliology Theology

Bibliology: Inspiration and Inerrancy

In the last couple hundred years I am not sure if any doctrine of Scripture has come under more attacks from secular society than the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. Non-Christians have questioned the authenticity of God’s Word and many have been vocal and hostile about it.

Why make such a fuss about inspiration and inerrancy? Charles Ryrie writes, “The doctrine of inspiration is not something theologians have forced on the Bible. Rather it is a teaching of the Bible itself, a conclusion derived from the data contained in it. And whatever one may think of the Bible, it, like any other witness, has the right to testify on its own behalf” (Ryrie,¬†Basic Theology, 76)

With that said, let’s look at the doctrines of inspiration and inerrancy. Some books separate these two topics, but for the sake of simplicity I have combined them.

Bibliology - Inspiration and Inerrancy

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Bibliology: Inspiration and Inerrancy



A Summary of the Doctrine of the Bible

Today I continue my summer summary series. In this blog post I look at the doctrine of the Bible (also known as “bibliology”) using the Evangelical Free Church of America’s statement of faith as a guide.

The EFCA statement of faith on the Bible reads:

The Bible. Article #2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


A. General Revelation and Special Revelation

God has shown himself and his truth by both general revelation and special revelation.

1. General Revelation


The Definition of Biblical Inerrancy and 3 Distinctions You Must Make

Similar to my last post about the “inspiration” of the Bible, many people hear that the Bible is “inerrant” but do not know why. Today’s post will explain what “inerrancy” is as well as the three distinctions you must make about it.

The Definition of Biblical Inerrancy and 3 Distinctions You Must Make

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First of all, let me define inerrancy with the help of Dr. Glenn Kreider, Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.