The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

As Stephen Nichols writes in his biography, R. C. Sproul: A Life, “The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy made and makes some wince.” Perhaps the main reason for that wince is the nature of the Statement. It is a line in the sand. It is a boundary marker. In our day, when something as sturdy biology becomes elastic, many fail to appreciate such lines. However, the council creating that statement, The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, was led by two friends: R. C. Sproul (President) and James Montgomery Boice (Chairman). Lines did not make these men wince. And under their leadership a document was created that has guided generations since.

…But in addition to reading the statements it would also be helpful to read commentary on them. Over the next several weeks Theology for Everyone will be running a commentary on each of the Articles of the Council’s Statement on Inerrancy. I would encourage you to check them out because inerrancy is not an abstraction. Inerrancy reminds us that when the Bible speaks, God speaks and He does not fail to utter the truth.

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