Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Beale on the Biblical Logic of Inerrancy

Jim Hamilton:
This year’s Crossway Lecture at ETS was presented by G. K. Beale. Beale argued that Inerrancy is not a scholastic theological deduction made by interpreters of the Bible, but rather that it is an exegetical observation of a theological deduction that at least one biblical author has already made within the text of the Bible itself. Citing the logic of innerancy:
  • God is true and trustworthy, and he never lies, deceives, or makes mistakes.
  • The Bible is God’s revelation of himself.
  • Therefore the Bible never lies, deceives, or makes mistakes.
Beale argued that John has already made this argument and drawn this conclusion for us in the book of Revelation.
To see Beale's argument from the Book of Revelation on this point, read Jim's whole post.

Beale's new book is now available: The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority.