Sunday, April 27, 2008

From infallibility to inerrancy

Strange as it may seem, we do not know why some Christians began to use the word inerrancy rather than the traditional word infallibility in the late nineteenth century. Did they do so to distance themselves from the declarations of Vatican I (1870-1871) concerning the Pope's infallibility? We do not know. We recall that A. A. Hodge and B. B. Warfield still used the expression absolute infallibility in their celebrated 1881 "Inspiration" article. We do know that contemporaries apparently viewed the words as interchangeable ones.

Footnote 104, from Chapter VII "Biblical Infallibility in the Nineteenth Century: The Princetonians" in John D. Woodbridge Biblical Authority: A critique of the Rogers/McKim proposal

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