Friday, December 08, 2006

Augustine on Inerrancy

A very cool resource that I've been using lately is Theopedia. You should check it out. In its entry entitled The Inerrancy of the Bible, it shares this quote from Augustine, sharing his view of inerrancy:
"it is not allowable to say, 'The author of this book is mistaken'; but either the manuscript is faulty, or the translation is wrong, or you have not understood."
Interestingly, Theopedia also lists the doctrine of Inerrancy as a basic belief of Christianity. Here's their list of Basic Christian Beliefs:
The deity and humanity of Christ
The bodily resurrection of Christ
The doctrine of the Trinity (including the deity of the Holy Spirit)
Salvation by grace through faith
The second coming of Christ
The inerrancy of scriptures
Virgin birth of Jesus
The existence of Heaven and Hell
the Resurrection of the dead
Life everlasting

6 comments:

Keith Taylor said...

:-)

JD said...

See, those Catholics do have something good to say. :)

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JD

Jason Woolever said...

Augustine was one heck of a Catholic heh?

JD said...

Augustine was a very interesting character. Proof that anyone can become a child of God if they let the Lord take over thier life.

He probabaly would have laughed at that last debate we had too.

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JD

Jason Woolever said...

If you're talking about the heresy debate, I wonder what he would have done. He might have laughed at the pitiful state of modern day theology. I don't know whether he would laugh about leaders in the church denying basic Christian doctrine!

I laugh in pain when we talk about "theological diversity" as if it was something that every mature group should have. I think heresy is still very dangerous!

Surely its only been in the last couple hundred years that we've handled heresy as loosely as we do today.

JD said...

Yea, I was talking about hte whole debate about heresy, and that we actually had to have it. I also thought he would laugh that the extended debate we had about Christian tenets and the logic proof. I think he would have tried to input, but he would have thought the whole thing funny ironic, not funny ha ha.

Speaking of "theological diversity," Greg Jones, the Dean of Theology at Duke Divinity School, was the guest speaker at the Woodlands United Methodist Church's Contemporary service today. That guy can speak. Not only was his sermon biblically driven, it was applicable to everyday life and the challenges we each have as Christians and dealing with sin and addiction. He focused on Phil 4:4-7 and Phil 2. I have been having problems working on Spiritual Discipline 4: Renounce Old Ways of Thinking, Feeling, and Acting as They Present Themselves, but his sermon gave me a little boost. Sometimes God puts scripture in front of you to inspire you, sometimes, he puts people. I had actually prayed about help for that before the service, and boom, there it was.

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JD