Concepts of Inerrancy

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The doctrine of inerrancy is one of the most controversial doctrines in Christianity. Basically most Christians would regard the bible as the word of God but the implication of inerrancy carries the view forward to greater clarification. There are three basic views regarding how Christians generally understand inerrancy:

1. Absolute Inerrancy

This position argues that the biblical writers took into consideration in their writing true and factual bearings of scientific, historical, geographical details. This assumes that everything in the bible  about can be argued as truth because scripture gives witness to it.

2. Limited Inerrancy or Inerrancy of Purpose

This view comes as a response to the above view because in the bible there seems to be numerous inconstancies regarding scientific, historical and geographical detail. Because of that this view take the position that, with regards to the didactic passages, these are the ones that are deemed inerrant.

3. Full Inerrancy

This view is sensitive to the difficulties raised by the second view concerning various inconstancies found in the bible. Instead this view explains these ‘inconstancies’ where by, the scriptures, are not meant to be read as scientific, historical or geographical books because the writers did not intend to write about these things. They were in fact written with a specific intent, that is in a theological sense.  The scriptures can then be seen as a theological depiction of God’s redemptive plan for mankind, finding its fulfillment in Christ. As far as detail of facts are concerned, relaying them in order or in a specific sense were not the main intent of the writers. They were more interested in giving a theological viewpoint of things.

Thus, taking into consideration, looking at the views, the third one might be the best position to take because it is sensitive to the difficulties attested to the bible. Nonetheless it does not see that these depictions are untrue, but the writers had a theological agenda in their writing.

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