Although it’s surprising given the content of recent posts, the purpose of this blog is not LDS apologetics. I’ll leave that to the folks at FAIR, FARMS, and good ol’ Jeff Lindsay. So the aim of this latest find is not “neener-neener” but rather pertinent, as I see it, to an LDS approach to Biblical studies. Joseph Smith taught that the Bible was the word of God as far is it was translated correctly, which statement itself opened the door for Biblical criticism from a faithful persepctive.
Anyway, while I was perusing the tag surfer on WordPress, I came across a post by a J.C. Baker, a Ph.D. student in Texas, who directed me to a post by his friend, Rev. Jason N. Patrick, a fellow Texan pastor. His first post: The Problem with Biblical Inerrancy « Rev. Jason N. Patrick, Ph.D. Coming from a Baptist, this argument floored me! What a pleasant surprise! Am I to understand that some believers besides us reject Biblical inerrancy?
Please read the whole thing! Rev. Patrick argues, if I’m reading him right, that inerrancy is a fairly recent notion foreign to the Bible text itself. It stems more from the Enlightenment epistemology than Biblical doctrine. According to the Rev., scripture is not authoritative because it is inerrant, but because it is inspired by God. In a follow-up comment, he adds that it is “dangerous” to call the Bible “THE revelation of God” since Jesus Christ was the ultimate Revelation of God.
Latter-day Saints affirm that although the Bible is authoritative as A revelation (or rather, a set of revelations), it is not THE revelation and accept all that God has now revealed and all that he will yet reveal.