Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy

inerrancyThis debate-book released at the end of November 2013:

J. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett, eds. Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 39-page sample PDF.

I love these debate-books because they (usually) layout distinct positions winsomely. And my favorite parts are when the contributors interact with each other after their initial essays.




Two excerpts:

  1. Vanhoozer’s response to Mohler: “Mohler and I are allies in the book on these matters, even if we weigh them differently. Still, I find his chapter somewhat troubling, not because of what he explicitly says but rather because of how he says it, and in particular because of what he does not say.” (p. 72)
  2. A jaw-dropping assertion by Enns: “The historical core for the exodus story could just as easily be, as many biblical scholars think, a small band of slaves who left or escaped Egypt and migrated over land (or across a shallow lake), and later generations retold this historical core in mythic language.” (p. 97)

Short videos from two of the contributors are available:

  1. Mohler
  2. Enns

Gavin Ortlund’s review is the most penetrating one I’ve read, Mike Wittmer’s the most entertaining (followed up with his seven theses on inerrancy).

Related: “Scripture: How the Bible is a Book Like No Other


  1. John T. Jeffery says

    Thanks for the “heads up” on the two reviews you linked. Your assessment of them is spot on! I share your appreciation for multi-author interactive volumes like this one.

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