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A Usable Taxonomy for Inerrancy

In Christian leadership and laity, the word “inerrancy” is often misunderstood because it is ambiguous until it is well defined and qualified by a handful of important attributes. For the sake of clarity in writing and discussion, this paper defines a usable taxonomy based on four attributes, bifurcated into mutually exclusive values, including precision (Empirical vs. contextual), scope (Total v. limited), specificity (Verbal v. dynamic), and locus (Original v. subsequent). Through examination of the sixteen possible and impossible combinations, four highly probable inerrancy types are identified as worthy of further discussion and use, named Literal, Semantical, Devotional, and Metaphorical inerrancy. In conclusion, some possible avenues for further development of the attributes, and quantification of individual commitment to these types are suggested.


6 Bible Difficulties Answered (almost)

A while back, I put a long comment on a Buzzfeed article entitled 7 Shocking Bible Verses You Probably Won’t Hear In Church. Since then, it has become the most popular comment, so I thought I’d reproduce it and expand on it here. The graphics on...


Spiritual Disciplines 04 – SOAP

This post is part of a series. This very popular method of devotional scripture study has four steps, outlined in the acrostic SOAP. Begin by opening your journal (this is a written exercise). And by the way, there is an iOS app for this! Check out...


Spiritual Disciplines 01 – Lectio Divina

This post is part of a series. This first spiritual discipline is a fantastic way to allow scripture to lead you into an experience with God. It is more experiential than analytic, but that’s OK! Tradition tells us that Lectio Divina as we know it...


Spiritual Disciplines 06 – Examen Prayer

This post is part of a series. This simple Ignatian Jesuit meditation method starts with a passage to prayerfully read, and then asks us to answer these five questions and record your answers: Prayer as you approach the scripture… “God, teach me today, open my...

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