Questioning Inerrancy…

There have been a series of posts going off over at Peter Enns’ blog, rethinking biblical christianity…
The man behind the posts is Carlos Bovell. He has some remarkably intriguing things to say. The posts so far include: The Culture of Biblical InerrantismWe Believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy ScripturesRehabilitating Inerrancy in a Culture of Fear and Inerrancy at the Evangelical Theological Society.
It’s all good stuff!
Here are some bits and bombs that were dropped throughout the posts that I found interesting.
What is distressing is not so much the doctrine itself, but the collateral spiritual damage that comes in the wake of its uncompromising defense, even against those from within who voice concerns.
If questioning inerrancy is linked to questioning one’s faith, those with legitimate reasons for questioning inerrancy will either live with unspoken cognitive dissonance or speak up and risk losing much.
Inerrancy has become part of evangelicalism’s salvation equation.
The Bible we know today is simply not the Bible of the early, medieval, or Reformation churches. A lot has happened in our understanding of antiquity, that has invariably affected how we see the Bible.
This is particularly acute in Protestant traditions. Great stress was placed on the centrality of the Bibleunderstood according to ways of thinking that were wholly appropriate in earlier times. It should come as no surprise, then, that those Protestant traditions that place a heavy emphases on inviolability of older paradigms of scripture will be precisely the ones positioned to experience the most profound changes.
Inerrancy is a human theoretical construct and as such is both culturally conditioned and historically contingent. For too many evangelicals, including those academically trained, even raising this observation for discussion is only a few precious steps removed from undermining the entire Christian faith.