from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Incapable of erring; infallible.
- adj. Containing no errors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to inerrancy. Without error, particularly used in reference to the Bible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unerring; free from error.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not liable to error
Sorry, no etymologies found.
There seems to be a great desire to cling to the term inerrant while turning it into something else entirely.
If you aren't troubled by the loss of the word inerrant then chuck it.
I'm still not clear what it means to treat the propositions in this passage as "inerrant" - or, if these aren't propositions, then in what sense are non-propositional statements appropriately categorized as either "errant" or "inerrant"?
What has been the modern history of viewing the Bible as "inerrant" - that is, literally true in all its details?
Also, the notion of inerrant scripture is, to me, untenable based on transcription and translation.
They don't worship a Power that is actually great enough to create the intricacies of the natural world, but rather a golden calf called the inerrant Bible or the inerrant Koran.
However, while this view can be accepted in an "inerrant" sense....believing that the texts, in and of themselves, are fully empowered by God to reveal truths about mortality/immortality....they are also fully acceptable in "non-inerrant" views.
I'm not defending an "inerrant" view of Ecclesiastes....merely saying that it can be worked into both and inerrant and non-inerrant approach.
One irony, of course, is that this passage, which is so clearly at odds with later Christian doctrines about the afterlife, could probably be accepted as "inerrant" by many people today - but not by most Christians!
I found myself wondering yet again today what those who speak of the Bible as "inerrant" do with Ecclesiastes 9:2-6.