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  • Series: Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310331366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310331360
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen M. Garrett (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is an associate professor of Public Theology and the Philosophy of Religion in the Social Communications Institute at Lithuania University of Educational Sciences and serves as an Academic Fellow with Cooperative Studies. He is the author of God’s Beauty-in-Act: Participating in God’s Suffering Glory.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), is president and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Words from the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the 10 Commandments, and is a contributor to Is Hell for Real: Or Does Everyone Go to Heaven?


Dr. Peter Enns (PhD. Harvard University) is a biblical scholar and teaches at Eastern University. He is author of several books including Exodus (NIV Application Commentary), Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins

Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, Evangelical Theology, Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A moderate Case for Gender Equality in Ministry and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views.   He is also a co-blogger of the New Testament blog "Euangelion."

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Blanchard Professor of Theology at the Wheaton College and Graduate School. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including The Drama of Doctrine and the forthcoming Remythologizing Theology.

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

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I feel that in some ways it branches out a little too far.
Roger Leonhardt
I recommend this book for those considering this debate and desiring resources for further study.
Joshua Schwisow
Overall Bird's essay is very witty, theologically insightful, and interesting.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Hans on December 17, 2013
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I bought this book after reading Enns' "The Evolution of Adam" and "When God Spoke Greek," two very recent works that significantly challenge the "traditional" doctrine of scriptural inerrancy. I've read about a dozen other books on the subject (as my degrees and career are in this area) as well. But since my own view of the subject is undergoing reconstruction, it was delightful to have this volume come in the mail. It was very helpful - and in fact, I just finished reading it about an hour ago (read it in two days straight, phew! Christmas breaks are great).

The editors of the volume established an internal framework within which the contributors had to address: (1) the Chicago Statement of Inerrancy, (2) the historicity of the fall of Jericho (case study 1), (3) an alleged contradiction in the book of Acts (case study 2). This helped limit the discussion a bit and keep things focused. It appeared to work well.

What follows is a highly opinionated, but hopefully helpful review.

Specific Remarks

Mohler - His essay was well written, and had little "new" to say on the subject from his perspective. But it was interesting to me that Mohler's case appeared to be the weakest argued (because he's a rather bright guy). A large portion of his essay was dedicated to describing the historical background to the formation of the Chicago Statement, and the consequences of denying inerrancy (e.g., the fall of evangelicalism as we know it). I realize that he is presenting the "classic case for inerrancy," but it was still a bit musty, and he kind of set himself up for a royal smack-down - which virtually every other contributor delivered, fair and square.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 11, 2013
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Four primary topics are treated in this multi-view book: (1) God and his relationship to his creatures, (2) the doctrine of inspiration, (3) the nature of Scripture, and (4) the nature of truth.

Instead of allowing the author's to simply give a defense of their positions - each scholar tackles the same outline and passages from their own perspective with reference to the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy (ISBI). Therefore, specific scriptures are handled to demonstrate each view along the lines of three specific categories: (1) The factuality of Scripture, (2) canonical coherence, and (3) theological coherence.

The scholars therefore all interact with the following texts: Joshua 6, Acts 9:9 compared with Acts 22:9, and Deuteronomy 20 in relation to Matthew 5. Joshua 6 was chosen since current details of historical and archaeological evidence have called into question the accuracy of the text's account of the destruction of of Jericho. The Acts passage which describes Paul's conversion was chosen due to the apparent discrepancy between what the witnesses saw and heard during this event. For theological coherence the author's grapple with the question "How is it that Deuteronomy 20 instructs Israel that the complete extermination of Yahweh's enemies is a matter of Israel's purity before and obedience to Yaweh, while Jesus subsequently says faithfulness to God requires nonretaliation and sacrificial love of enemeies (Matthew 5:38-48)?"

The scholars addressing these biblical, theological, and historical concerns are two biblical scholars (Michael Bird and Peter Enns), two systematic theologians (John Franke and Kevin Vanhoozer), and one historical theologian (Albert Mohler).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Omelianchuk on January 7, 2014
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No one is indifferent to the doctrine of inerrancy, and what follows are some of my rambling thoughts about the matter after reading through Zondervan's latest `counterpoints' book Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy.

On the contributors. Al Mohler loves inerrancy--the more of it the better; Peter Enns thinks it's stupid; Michael Bird really hates the word `inerrancy,' but affirms everything it traditionally stands for; Kevin Vanhoozer actually tries to flesh out its content; and John Franke thinks it's all a language game. As usual, the essays are uneven in quality. Vanhoozer's the best, Enns' is the most provocative, Bird's is funny at moments, but isn't that interesting, Franke's makes little sense, and Mohler's is frustrating.

Inerrancy as deduction. I think it is relatively clear that inerrancy is not a conclusion drawn from a long inductive investigation of each and every text in the Bible; rather it is a conclusion of a deductive argument that goes like so:

[1] Whatever God inspires is inerrant.
[2] The Bible is inspired by God.
[3] Therefore, the Bible is inerrant.

This makes inerrancy an implication of perfect being theology, and an article of faith that guides the interpretation of Scripture. No reading of Scripture that calls into question the truthfulness of the text is compatible with the belief that God is truthful. This explains why inerrancy is so hard to give up; it is near the center of one's theology informed more by our intuitions about a perfect being rather than the text itself. Consequently, this explains why Mohler says, "The point is that I do not allow any line of evidence from outside the Bible to nullify to the slightest degree the truthfulness of any text in all that the text asserts and claims.
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