Inerrancy • Infallible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
InfallibilityBelief in an infallible, authoritative, reliable Scripture has always been a part of the faith of the Church. Faith, by biblical definition, requires a sure Word of God. The very reality of faith as a sure knowledge and hearty confidence depends upon a Scripture whose truth is certain
Catholic Bible Dictionary
INERRANCY The principle that the Bible cannot teach error. See Inspiration.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
infallibility. Inability to err in teaching revealed truth. It is a negative condition, complementary to the positive quality of ‘inspiration’. While many Christians maintain that the Church is infallible, upon the basis of such texts as Jn. 16:13, Acts 15:28, various beliefs have been held as to the
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Infallibility (of the Church of Rome) is the doctrine that the Church of Rome cannot at any time cease to be orthodox in her doctrine, and that what she declares ex cathedrâ is substantially true. The doctrine is based on the Divine promise to the disciples, “Howbeit when the Spirit of Truth is come,
Dictionary of Theological Terms
InfallibilityThat quality of the Bible, the inspired word of God, by which it is free from error, authentic in its writings, reliable in its revelation, and authoritative in all its communications. In other words, infallibility means that the Scripture, whether considered in its totality or in any of
Limited Infallibility
Limited InfallibilityThe view of a section of the New Evangelical* movement that inerrancy is an inappropriate word to describe the record and witness of Scripture.* They limit its infallibility* to matters of Christian faith and practice. Prominent names associated with this group include F.F. Bruce,
Indefectibility1. One of the notes or marks of the true church,* namely her perpetuity and infallibility. There is no reference in this use of infallibility to church authority to define doctrine or to bind the consciences of believers. The terms “perpetuity” and “infallibility” simply mean that, as
InerrancyThe unique quality of Scripture by which it was given by God to His chosen penmen in a state that was free from all error of every kind. In stating that the autographs* were completely errorless, we do not contend that God continued the miracle in the copying of the original MSS* to the apographs.*
Modified Inerrancy
Modified InerrancyA view popular in New Evangelical* circles that the inerrancy of Scripture* extends only to what it intends to teach but not necessarily to the record of events that are deemed non-essential to the teaching. According to this theory, the inerrancy of Scripture does not guarantee its
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Infallibility. The state of being incapable of error. That God’s revelation in Jesus Christ is infallible in presenting the way of salvation would be generally accepted by Christians. But the set of what counts as infallible is controversial. Three main lines of thought may be discerned, corresponding
Bible, Inerrancy and Infallibility Of
Bible, Inerrancy and Infallibility of. The question of authority is central for theology. The Protestant Reformation passed to its heirs the belief that ultimate authority rests not in reason or a pope but in Scripture. Thus, within conservative Protestantism the question of Scripture’s inerrancy has
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. An affirmation of Scripture’s inerrancy from 268 evangelical scholars at a Chicago conference in October 1978. The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI), which sponsored the conference, sought to win Christians to inerrancy’s truth and importance.
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
InfallibilityThe foundation of Edwards’s application of “infallible” was the existence and nature of Godself as omnipotent creator and revealer, who alone is not fallible or mutable (WJE 17:356), but “is unchangeable” (“Miscellanies” no. 796, WJE 18:498) and who is “unable not to be truthful” (“Miscellanies”
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
INFALLIBILITY AND INERRANCY OF THE BIBLEA distinctive mark of *evangelical Christianity is belief in ‘the divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct’ (UCCF doctrinal basis). Some evangelicals use the term ‘inerrancy’:
Handbook of Evangelical Theologians
Defender of Biblical Inerrancy
Defender of Biblical InerrancyPrinceton Seminary, with its traditional conservatism as well as its steady interest in European theological debate, responded quite early (by American standards) to the higher criticism of Scripture. In 1857, Charles Hodge took the occasion of the publication of a book
The Issue of Biblical Inerrancy
The Issue of Biblical InerrancyIn his first book, Carnell maintained that religious revelation is derived from the canon of Scripture, which is plenarily inspired.49 By “inspired” he meant that the authors were “moved by the Holy Spirit to write down only what God approved.”50 He concluded his chapter
Key passages
Ps 19:7

The law of Yahweh is perfect, reviving life. The testimony of Yahweh is firm, making wise the simple.

1 Ti 3:16

And most certainly, great is the mystery of godliness: Who was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among the Gentiles, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

2 Ti 3:15–16

and that from childhood you have known the holy writings that are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness,

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