A Critique of “Biblical Inerrancy” by Stephen L. Andrew


In his article, Biblical Inerrancy, Stephen L. Andrew, a graduate student at Fuller Theological Seminary, examines the much debated topic of whether or not the Bible is, in fact, inerrant. In a definition of inerrancy, Andrew quotes Paul D. Feinberg by saying that “inerrancy means that when all facts are known, the Scriptures in their original autographs and properly interpreted will be shown to be wholly true in everything that they affirm, whether that has to do with doctrine or morality or with the social, physical, or life sciences.” Once inerrancy is defined, it must be debated. The debate between those who are inerrantists and those who believe the Bible contains errors is the overall topic of this article. Andrew goes into great detail in examining several of the major articles for and against the inerrancy of the Bible. These include the preliminary considerations, slippery-slope, epistemological, historical, and biblical arguments. Andrew goes into great detail on each of these different viewpoints and, in my opinion, makes the debate over the inerrancy of Scripture and its importance very relevant to the society in which we live. I agree with Pinnock’s idea that was quoted in this article by Andrew that the authority of the Bible and its relevance hinges upon whether or not it is reliable and accurate. What is the point of having a book that we rely on as a guide for the Christian life, when it has errors? This is the question tackled by Stephen L. Andrew and, overall, I believe that he explained the debate, from both sides, very well and exposed the weaknesses and downfalls of the arguments.

Personal Conclusion

It is my personal belief that the Holy Bible, as the Word of God is inerrant. I believe this because the Bible claims to be inerrant, but there are many more reasons. There are numerous historical facts that are listed in the Bible that have been disputed, such as the existence of the people known as the Hittites in the Old Testament, but have been repeatedly proven by archaeological evidence. It has been a major argument that the Bible contains errors because of the fact that the writers were mere human beings. The writers of the Scriptures were under the influence of the Holy (II Timothy 3:16). Although these individuals were fallible in their human nature, yet they were not dependent upon their nature to write the books that would become the Bible, they were totally dependent upon the Spirit of God (II Peter 1:21). I believe that, although these individuals were fallible, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the words that flowed from the mouth of God, through the hands of the writers and onto the scrolls were inerrant. I also believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God because of the accuracy of the numerous prophecies which are contained within the Bible. Many of the prophecies of the Old Testament have already been fulfilled with great accuracy, such as the Children of Israel being led away into captivity and the destruction of the Temple, along with many more. I believe with all my heart that the Bible is in fact the inspired, inerrant Word of God.