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The 'All or Nothing' Syndrome with Biblical Imprecision

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By Virgil - Posted on 10 June 2009

by Craig Blomberg

In the late seventies' "battle for the Bible," pitting inerrantists against others with a high view of Scripture but who stopped just short of belief in inerrancy, a common argument featured "the slippery slope." Give up inerrancy, it was alleged, and at first you may rest content with just minor historical or scientific errors in Scripture, but soon you'll be questioning the theology and ethics of the Bible as well. Next you'll doubt some of the fundamentals of the faith, and finally you'll chuck Christianity altogether.There were, of course, numerous examples of people and institutions doing precisely this, which made the case persuasive to many. What was ignored was the long-standing rejection of inerrancy in the former British commonwealth, combined with a robust affirmation of the inspiration and authority of Scripture and the fundamentals of the faith in evangelical circles in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. Ignored also were those who had "climbed back up" part or all of the slippery slope, most notably Karl Barth and neo-orthodoxy, moving from thoroughgoing liberalism to something much closer to though not quite full-fledged evangelical thought.

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JL's picture

Yes, life has been so much better since I realized God-breathed did not imply inerrancy, but meant that the Scriptures had/gave life.

Blessings.

Blessings,

JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

JL's picture

Virgil,

Are you going to again tell me that such a statement makes me a post-modern?

Double Blessings.

Blessings,

JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

Virgil's picture

Jeff, such a statement makes you a post-modern! :)

JL's picture

No, I traded one absolutist statement that can't be supported with another absolutist statement that can be.

Blessings,

JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

tom-g's picture

Jeff,

I am interested in how you are able to use the term God as the subject and predicate error of the subject God in a single proposition.

Would that not make your recently co-authored book an exercise in absurdity?

Tom

JL's picture

Tom,

Please exegete 1 Tim. 3:16. Please show me examples elsewhere in Scripture that demonstrate the properties of God's breath.

I've done this exercise for you before, but you never bothered to respond or refute my demonstration. I have never predicated error of God. You've made a false conclusion based on your lack of knowledge of the appropriate Scripture and your logic born out of modern humanistic, rather than Scriptural concerns.

Blessings,

JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

tom-g's picture

Wow JL,

All of that from a simple question. Only you JL have the gall to deny the law of identity. Only you can make a statement and when asked how you can make it you answer by requesting me to exegete a scripture that has no bearing on your statement or my question.

As usual your obfuscation is deliberate with the intent to deceive. and tends to prove my observation that your co-authored book is nothing more than an exercise in absurdity.

JL's picture

No Tom,

Your original statement I am interested in how you are able to use the term God as the subject and predicate error of the subject God in a single proposition. strats with a false presumption on your part. You've been told it is a false presumption, yet you persist. I have no kind words for people such as yourself who persist at falsehoods.

Good day

Blessings,

JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

tom-g's picture

Typical JL,

You're up against the brick wall of contradiction so you obfuscate and cop out. Which, as I observed earlier, tends to make your co-authored book an exercise in absurdity.

Tom

Barry's picture

Tom, it seems to me that you are not getting any better or making any improvement in social aspects.
Have you considered seeking out some help?
I'm serious.
I am concerned about you Tom.
Barry

we are all in this together

tom-g's picture

Hey Barry,

Are you familiar with Rhett Butler's famous exit speech in "Gone with the wind"?

Tom

Barry's picture

I suppose that such is meaningful for you.
No, sorry Tom, I don't have the time.
Hence, what I said still stands.

We could instead speak of the fact that the Titanic and King Kong need alternative endings on DVD or Blue Ray.

Anything else you would like to add?
Barry

we are all in this together

JL's picture

You're leaving?

Blessings,

JL Vaughn
Beyond Creation Science

cinper's picture

I enjoyed this article. My journey has taken me from strict inerrantist, reluctant fundamentalist, a flirt with pentecostalism, to skeptic, preterist and not-necessarily-inerrantist. I feel that our knowledge is too limited, and hampered by our own biases, to be inflexible and rigid about anything.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my almost 10-year study of Preterism as it has revitalized my faith and placed me in a place of comfort, where I don't fall apart if my pre-conceived notions of how God is supposed to operate don't come to pass (read Dispensationalism).

Planet Preterist has been a huge influence in my exodus from dispensationalism to preterism. Now, I am exploring the arguments for partial vs. full preterism. Thank you, Virgil.

Virgil's picture

Thanks for being a reader - I think I can identify with your journey as well... :)

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