Category Archives: inerrancy

The Special Case of Women Keeping Silent in the Church in 1 Corinthians

A few weeks ago, in Blaming Paul for Things He Never Said, I mentioned that I was aware of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 which has special issues and should be considered separately. My thought had to do with the church at … Continue reading

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Blaming Paul for Things He Never Said

When I was a teenager, I listened to some fundamentalist preachers talking among themselves. One asserted that he believed Hebrews was written by Paul! I am sure the other preachers agreed. I was not well-read, but I was aware that … Continue reading

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How Should We Regard New Testament Books of Uncertain Authorship?

Recently, we discussed the fact that some New Testament books were not written by who they say they were. This is not news to believers; we have known for a long time that some letters attributed to Paul, for example, … Continue reading

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How Should We Respond to the Leading of the Spirit?

Sometimes when I read or think about something I get tremendous insights. I might make a strong connection between two things, see an angle I never saw before, or even think something completely original. I am sure you have had … Continue reading

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How Did Jesus’ Original Listeners Remember and Share What Jesus Said and Did?

How did Jesus’ listeners remember what Jesus said and did? They didn’t take notes, and Jesus didn’t leave any writings. There were no current newspaper accounts for them to check to refresh their memories. All they had was what they … Continue reading

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How Dependable are the Books of Matthew and Luke?

Are the four gospels dependable? Or are they simply the result of generations of flawed oral transmission? I discussed this question previously and determined that the gospels are much more dependable than implied by the idea of flawed oral transmission. … Continue reading

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Were the Gospels Written from Generations of Flawed Oral Transmission or Were They Much Closer to Eyewitness than that?

Have you ever played the telephone game? It’s a remarkable experience. A number of people sit in a circle. The first person whispers a story in the second person’s ear. Then the second person whispers the story into the third … Continue reading

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