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    Inerrancy and Precision

    Taken from John Frame's, Systematic Theology (Pg. 598-600)

    The word inerrancy does have a certain disadvantage, however, suggested by Orr's rather extreme distortion of its lexical meaning. The word has come to suggest to many the idea of precision, rather than its lexical meaning of mere truth.

    Now, precision and truth are not synonyms, though they do overlap in meaning. A certain amount of precision is often required for truth, but that amount varies from one context to another. In mathematics and science, truth often requires considerable precision.

    Similarly when I stand before a class and a student asks me how large a textbook is. Say I reply, "400 pages", but the actual length is 398. Have I committed an error, or told the truth? I think the later, for the following reasons: (1) In context, no body expects more precision than I gave in my answer. I met all the legitimate demands of the questioner. (2) "400", in this example, actually conveyed more truth than "398" would have. "398" most likely would have left the student with the impression of some number around 300, but "400" presented the size of the book more accurately.

    We should always remember that scripture is, for the most part, ordinary language rather than a technical language. Certainly it is not of the modern scientific genre. In scripture, God intends to speak to everybody. To do that most efficiently, he (through human writers) engages in all the shortcuts that we commonly use among ourselves to facilitate conversation: imprecisions, metaphors, hyperbole, and parables, to name a few.

    Inerrancy, therefore, means that the Bible is true, not that is maximally precise. To the extent that precision is necessary for truth, the Bible is sufficiently precision. But it does not always have the amount o precision that some readers demand of it. It has a level of precision sufficient for its own purposes for which some readers might employ it.

    Posted by Marco on May 13, 2014 01:23 PM

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