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Biblical Errancy: An Analysis of its Philosophical Roots Paperback – August 4, 2004
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Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) es presidente del Seminario Evangelico del Sur y autor de mas de cincuenta libros, entre los que se destacan Decide For Yourself, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics y When Skeptics Ask. Fue tambien coeditor de Is Your Church Ready? Un libro asociado a Quien creo a Dios?
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Here are a few topics which ultimately contributed to the modern distorted view of Biblical Revelation (and all other oral or textual Revelations, for that matter):
Relativism (Cognitive and Moral), Misconception, Assumption of Immutable Induction, Natural Theology and the Uselessness of Revelation, Wittgensteinian Language-Games, Mysticism, Hegel's Absolute Spirit, Limits of Epistemics, Pantheism, Panentheism, Skepticism, Irrationality of Miracles, A. J. Ayer's "Verification Principle", "Contradiction" Searching, Materialism, Nihilism, Anti-Supernaturalism, Segregation of Faith and Reason, Dasein, and so much more.
This book has a general format of presenting the Philosophers, and their philosophies, who contributed to modern conceptions on Revelation. It is as follows:
1.Short Biography of the Philosophers
2.Possible Influences and Turning Points in the Lives of these Philosophers
3.Contributions to Philosophy of Biblical Errancy, their Works, and Impact on Modern Philosophy
4.Rebuttals, Refutations, and Problems with these Philosophers' Conclusions
Here is what lies inside this book (Chapter Titles Only)
1. Inductivism, Materialism, and Rationalism: Bacon, Hobbes, and Spinoza
By Norman Geisler
2. Skepticism: Hume
By Gary Habermas
3. Agnosticism: Kant
By W. David Beck
4. Transcendentalism: Hegel
By Winfried Corduan
5. Existentialism: Kierkegaard
By E. Herbert Nygren
6. Atheism : Nietzsche
By Terry Miethe
7. Noncognitivism: Wittgenstein
By John Feinberg
8. Mysticism: Heidegger
By Howard Ducharne Jr.
Bravo for Geisler and Company! The presuppositions of biblical errancy are rarely discussed in layman Christian circles or layman non-Christian circles. At least this book does humanity and especially Christianity a great service of documenting the origins of the faulty assumptions people make when claiming or imagining errancy of scripture. Many people subliminally assume errancy without verification from primary source materials. This book deserves a wide audience and Christians would be wise to add this to their libraries as it would help see why some people have such horrible (usually unverified) views of God, biases against and for Revelation, and Inerrancy/Errancy of Scripture. People assume many things when viewing the Bible as Errant or Inerrant - We might as well look at how views on Biblical Errancy have formed and what has allowed for doubt in reliability of revelation to have developed.
Maybe we should doubt the doubts and test to see how far we can claim error and rectitude in any Revelation.
A good list of erroneous assumptions often made by people today, usually subconsciously, when they argue for a "contradiction" in the Bible, can be found in the Introduction of Big Book of Bible Difficulties, The: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation. Other books that deal with supposed contradictions, or textual matters, are New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties and even New Testament Text and Translation Commentary which gives excellent insights from the earliest manuscripts of the Greek New Testament on some issues with errancy. Also for issues with dates and chronology from the Bible look at The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings to get a look at the middle eastern cultural calendars used by the Biblical authors and how dates which seem wrong to us are actually correct when looking at them in their cultural/archaeological contexts.
"Biblical Errancy" is a collaborative effort of eight authors who discuss the roots of biblical errancy from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. These authors (and the thinkers whose views they examine) are: Norman Geisler (F. Bacon, Hobbes, and Spinoza), Gary Habermas (Hume), David Beck (Kant), Winfried Corduan (Hegel), Kierkegaard (Herbert Nygren), Terry Miethe (Nietzsche), John Feinberg (Wittgenstein), and Howard Ducharme (Heidegger). These eight authors do a great job of showing how these philosophical tendencies (skepticism, existentialism, noncognitivism mysticism, etc.) have eroded the commitment to inerrancy. The writing is at once scholarly and relatively easy to read and understand.
In "Biblical Errancy," eight authors discuss the roots of biblical errancy in the writings of the various thinkers from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. These authors (along with the thinkers they discuss) are: Geisler (F. Bacon, Hobbes, and Spinoza), Gary Habermas (Hume), David Beck (Kant), Winfried Corduan (Hegel), Herbert Nygren (Kierkegaard), Terry Miethe (Nietzsche), John Feinberg (Wittgenstein), and Howard Ducharme (Heidegger). These eight authors do a great job of demonstrating how various philosophical tendencies have contributed to the widespread view that the Bible is not inerrant. Their essays are clearly written and forcefully argued.