Belief in biblical inerrancy is at the root of many other unfortunate and hurtful beliefs such as angry God, legalism, condemnation of gays, and rejection of evolution. Inerrancy is the common misunderstanding that everything in the Bible is the same as God’s own word, as though he wrote it himself.
- Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So (click to see the book on Amazon)
In The Bible Tells Me So, Peter addresses what I consider, perhaps, the most harmful belief among some believers today—a misguided and mistaken understanding of reading the Bible that assumes that the words of the Bible are straight from God and represent the very voice and intent of God. This has been a huge issue among evangelicals since the 1970s as some began to recognize the Bible as an ancient document written by ancient people from their own times and cultures, while others passionately defended the Bible as God’s own word for all time. (See my full review)
From Jesus without Baggage
- The #2 Most Harmful Religious Belief—the Inerrant Bible
- A More Realistic Alternative to Inerrancy of the Bible
- 4 Huge Ways Believing the Bible Inerrant is Tremendously Harmful
- Perspicuity: The Bible Clearly Says…
- Recognizing Literary Genres in the Bible (this post links to other posts on genre)
- Inerrantists Resolve Discrepancies with ‘It Could Happen!’
- How Atheists and Inerrantists Agree on the Bible
- Is the Bible Inerrant?
- The Old Testament Writers and God
- The Nature of the New Testament
- Paul and the New Testament
- What the Bible Is–And Is Not
- The Bible is not Magically Inerrant: Exposing Inerrancy Proof-Texts
- The Bible is not a Rule Book: Overcoming Legalism
- The Bible is not a Promise Book: Exploring a Misguided Approach to the Bible
- The Bible is not an Encyclopedia of Life: Demise of a Bible Answer Man
- The Bible is not a Magic Talisman: Biblical Power, Incantations, and Bibliomancy
- The Bible is not Open to Narcigesis: Thinking the Bible is Written to You
- Evolution and Inerrancy: Confusing Other Genres with History in Genesis (part 1)
- Why Progressive Believers and Fundamentalist Believers Disagree on So Many Important Beliefs
- For My Inerrantist Friends: Why Appeals to Inerrancy are Totally Ineffective in Discussion
- Jesus Without Baggage Welcomes Inerrantists!
- ‘The Bible Clearly Says’ is Always a Seriously Misguided Statement
From Peter Enns
- What is the Bible? A good question that biblical inerrancy can’t answer
- 5 insights about the Old Testament
- The New Testament is not a “Continuation” of the Old Testament (plus a little quiz)
- Inerrancy Doesn’t Describe What the Bible Does
- Inerrancy: I think Someone Forgot to Tell the Bible
- Inerrancy and Younger Evangelicals
- What Biblicism is and Why it Makes Baby Jesus Cry
- Recovering from Inerrancy in the Second Half of Life
- When Inerrancy no longer Works: Carlos Bovell on Robert Yarbrough
- There are no Contradictions in the Bible–Yeah, You Heard Me
- Why I interpret the Bible the way I do
- What permanently screwed me up about the Bible
- The Bible: it’s sort of like a viral internet joke
- 3 things I would like to see Evangelical leaders stop saying about biblical scholarship
- 3 ways I would like to see Evangelical leaders stop defending the Bible
- 5 Modern Insights about the Old Testament
- Remember to Hold Your Beliefs Lightly: The Bible Says So
From Josh Way
- It’s (Never) Bible Clobberin’ Time
- Rescuing the Bible From Inerrancy
- Hearing Voices in Scripture
- Your Feelings and Experiences Matter, Young Christian
- Numbers 25 and the Zeal of Phinehas
- Three Ideas That Saved My Faith
- Misfiring the Biblical Canon
- The Self-Authorizing Book
- Jesus and Scripture
- Reading the Bible: A Helpful Guide to Picking and Choosing
- Unsystematic Theology
- The Tyranny of “The Bible Says”
From Evangelical Liberal
- The Bible – the Good Book, or a very bad book?
- The Bible – truly perfect and perfectly true?
- The Bible – a question of interpretation?
- What does the Bible really say about inerrancy?
From Rob Bell
- What is the Bible?
- How We Got the Bible
- Inerrancy, Mozart, and String Theory
- Rob Bell once questioned hell: Here’s why he is now taking aim at the Bible (Jonathan Merritt)
From Other Writers
- The Broken Promise of Biblical ‘Inerrancy’ by Fred Clark on Slacktivist
- Don’t Bury Treasure by Derek Flood on The Rebel God
- Why I Reject Biblical Infallibility by Derek Flood on The Rebel God
- Literal Dictation of the Bible – Fiddlrts’ Reply by Timothy Swanson
- Christian Fundamentalism’s Grand Illusion by Chuck Queen
- What does it mean to be a Bible believer? by Chuck Queen
- Have We Made the Bible Into an Idol? by Rachel Held Evans
- Loving the Bible for what it is, not what I want it to be by Rachel Held Evans
- Fundamentalism and the ‘Clear Teaching of Scripture’ by Richard Beck
- Is The Bible Lying? by Dan Wilkinson
- How Jesus Cherry-Picks the Bible by Matthew Distefano
- Toward a Systematic Theology of Love by April Kelsey
- Proverbs: Principles, Not Promises by joantheexpatriatebaptist
- 5 Things You’re Reading, When You’re Reading The Bible by Benjamin Corey
- The Bible is Not for the Lazy by Jim Kelsey
- A Proverb is a Proverb… by Laura
Chicago Statement on Inerrancy
- Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy with Exposition explains what most prominent inerrantist theologians and Church leaders understand by the term ‘inerrancy’.
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