As listeners to my podcast will know, I have begun undergraduate studies online at Liberty University, working toward a Bachelor of Science in Religion—Biblical and Theological Studies. This has (hopefully understandably) reduced my blog and podcast output, both here and at http://www.rethinkinghell.com, which I was already struggling to balance with a full-time secular career and growing family. I do have an interview recorded for an upcoming episode of the Theopologetics podcast, which I’ll publish soon, and I’ll be moderating a Christological debate in August, but to keep the blog alive in the meantime, as well as in the future between podcast episodes, I’ve decided to publish some of my coursework.
I submitted the following short essay on the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture a couple of months in a first semester course in theology. I won’t reproduce the assignment instructions or grading rubric, except to say that it was required to consist of between 600 and 800 words, and to be primarily based upon articles in the second edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, published in 2001 by Baker Academic. Naturally, then, I was limited to the extent I could explore, consider, and respond to arguments against my view, which is that Scripture is, indeed, inerrant. Please keep that in mind, as well as that this fulfilled a requirement of an undergraduate theology course, not one at the graduate or postgraduate levels. Continue reading →
Apparently, on November 2nd, 1750, John Gill preached a sermon entitled, “The Scriptures: The Only Guide in Matters of Faith.” Were Gill alive today, he and I would have our disagreements, to be sure. But if this sermon is any indication, he and I would have agreed on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. Here are some selected quotes:
Debate topic: “Affirming Sola Scriptura: Scripture is the only infallible rule of doctrine and practice for Christians today.” Rob Bowman, Director of Research at The Institute for Religious Research, affirms. Eastern Orthodox Rev. Pr. Laurent Cleenewerck, editor of The Eastern / Greek Orthodox New Testament, denies. Moderated by Chris Date. This episode contains part two of the debate, including cross-examination, closing statements and listener Q&A; listen to episode 81, “Sola Scriptura,” for part one’s opening arguments and rebuttals.
Debate topic: “Affirming Sola Scriptura: Scripture is the only infallible rule of doctrine and practice for Christians today.” Rob Bowman, Director of Research at The Institute for Religious Research, affirms. Eastern Orthodox Rev. Pr. Laurent Cleenewerck, editor of The Eastern / Greek Orthodox New Testament, denies. Moderated by Chris Date. This episode contains part one of the debate, including opening arguments and rebuttals; listen to episode 82, “Tradition,” for part two’s cross-examination, closing arguments and listener Q&A.
Atheists and other non-Christians skeptical of the Bible’s reliability and divine origin are fond of pointing to what might appear to be contradictions in Scripture, of which there are alleged to be hundreds. In this episode I begin to step through one popular list, demonstrating how a close look at the text reveals that they are not contradictions at all.
In this episode of the Theopologetics Podcast I discuss several alleged contradictions in Scripture, pointed to by theological liberals as evidence against the inerrancy of Scripture, and by skeptics as evidence against the overall reliability of the Bible.