from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Freedom from error or untruths; infallibility: belief in the inerrancy of the Scriptures.
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- n. Freedom from error.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Exemption from error.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being inerrant; freedom from error.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Christianity) exemption from error
An actual quote: I am among those who feel that the term inerrancy has become for Evangelicals severely overqualified because of the recognition of the tensions between older formulations of the term and the developments in our understanding of the Bible and its world.
Still, I think there's a case to be made that we need to leave the term inerrancy behind.
James, maybe the word inerrancy should be dropped, but do you think one could still have a high view of divine inspiration and authority can be maintained even if the Bible clearly is not "historical" or "scientific" in the modern sense of the term?
Evangelical scholars, for example, doubt that accepting the doctrine of biblical inerrancy is the best way to assert their belief in biblical authority.
But if Protestantism could force the papal hand in a matter of this magnitude, involving vast questions of belief and far-reaching questions of policy, what becomes of "inerrancy" -- of special protection and guidance of the papal authority in matters of faith?
Actually it’s because of knowledge and logic that I’m believe in inerrancy of scripture.
If a Muslim cannot reconcile even one of the ridiculous scientific claims in the Koran and the Hadith than the idea of inerrancy is lost.
The only way to hold onto inerrancy is to deny the humanity of the Bible's authors....to set them in a class apart from every other human being on earth.
That's another problem I have with the notion of inerrancy - how often its defenders are willing to deny that the text means what it says in order to have it be "right" on some abstract theological level.
As for the broader question of why people are so desperate to cling to inerrancy, that is a good question.