Chicago declaration of biblical inerrancy
Inerrancy by Norman L. GeislerThis is another in a series of books sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. The fourteen leading evangelical scholars who have contributed to this volume come from various denominations and have written on a wide range of topics related to the doctrine of the inerrancy of the Bible. Believing that this doctrine is an essential element of the authority of Scripture and a necessary ingredient for the health of the church of Christ, they have made a strong defense of it. This book is presented as an appeal to the church of Jesus Christ. To those churches that hold to the inerrancy of Scripture, it is a call to hold the line. To those churches that have given way to the persuasions of radical higher criticism, it is a call to return to the historic position of Christianity. Inerrnacy is shown to be a doctrine of crucial importance to the church. Among the chapter titles are these: Christs View of Scripture - Alleged Errors and Discrepancies in the Original Manuscripts of the Bible - Higher Criticism and Biblical Inerrancy - Legitimate Hermeneutics - The Human Authorship of Inspired Scripture - The Meaning of Inerrancy - Philosophical Presuppositions of Biblical Errancy - The View of the Bible Held by the Church - B. B. Warfield Versus G. C. Berkouwer on Scripture -- Included as an appendix is the Statement of the Council. This Statement consists of three parts: a Summary Statement, Articles of Affirmation and Denial, and an Exposition. The intent of this declaration underlies all of the chapters in this significant book.
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
The background to the Statement was a perceived 'liberal' drift in evangelicalism in the US, with questions increasingly being asked about traditional conservative ways of interpreting the Bible. Was it possible, for instance, to be a conservative evangelical and not believe in the literal interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2? Was Noah's Flood really world-wide, or could it be read in a different way, as a theological meditation on an actual event that need not be taken as precisely factual? The battles between evangelical conservatives and 'moderates' were extensive and bitter, epitomised in the struggle for control of the giant Southern Baptist Convention. In what is characterised by the eventual victors as the 'conservative resurgence' and by the losers as the 'fundamentalist takeover', moderates lost positions on key committees and the denomination shifted sharply to the theological right.
Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
This congress was sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. Geisler, John Gerstner, Carl F. Sproul, and John Wenham. The ICBI disbanded in after producing three major statements: one on biblical inerrancy in , one on biblical hermeneutics in , and one on biblical application in Henry in God, Revelation And Authority, vol.
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy was formulated by more than evangelical leaders at a conference convened by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy  and held in Chicago in October The statement was designed to defend the position of biblical inerrancy against a trend toward liberal conceptions of Scripture. The subsequent November Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics recognised the need to add a hermeneutical framework to the Statement. The Inerrancy Statement elaborates on various details in articles formed as couplets of "We affirm Under the statement, inerrancy applies only to the original manuscripts which no longer exist, but which can be inferred on the basis of extant copies , not to the copies or translations themselves. In the Statement, inerrancy does not refer to a blind literal interpretation, and that "history must be treated as history, poetry as poetry, hyperbole and metaphor as hyperbole and metaphor, generalization and approximation as what they are, and so forth. We further deny that scientific hypotheses about earth history may properly be used to overturn the teaching of Scripture on creation and the flood.
This congress was sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. The Chicago Statement was signed by nearly noted evangelical scholars. Geisler, John Gerstner, Carl F. Sproul, and John Wenham. The ICBI disbanded in after producing three major statements: one on biblical inerrancy in , one on biblical hermeneutics in , and one on biblical application in Geisler and William E. Nix Chicago: Moody Press, rev.