All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…. — 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
What does it mean to profess that the Bible is “God-breathed”? Does it mean the Bible is “true” and “perfect”—and if so, what do those words mean in this sense? Does it mean the Bible contains no spiritual errors? What about its scientific and historical accuracy? And how should we understand the process by which God revealed Scripture to us through the channel of fallible human scribes and authors?
Christians have long wrestled with these and other questions prompted by Bible passages like 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16. These are important questions—but they’re also questions that earnest Christians have historically answered in different ways. Terms like “infallibility” and “inerrancy” are often used, although not everyone uses those words in the same way.
Next week, a panel of five respected Christians thinkers will be discussing this topic at the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) conference in Baltimore. Albert Mohler, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, Peter Enns, and John R. Franke all contributed to the upcoming book Five Views on Inerrancy, and will be presenting their viewpoints in a panel discussion format.
And we’ll be live-blogging and live-tweeting it! Next Tuesday morning, November 19, starting at 8:30am EST, we’ll be live-blogging the Biblical inerrancy discussion with the help of our friends at Zondervan Academic.
To follow along, simply stop by the Bible Gateway blog (that’s here!) next Tuesday morning.
We’re excited about this important discussion, and about sharing it with you through our blog. See you on Tuesday!