Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Biblical Inerrancy

Father Matthew's latest video is on whether the Bible is inerrant (does it err in any way, can it be wrong in any sense). I know Matthew and know he takes the Bible seriously as guide for his life and the life of his family. I also know that what he says here would cause some dear friends and neighbors to be convinced that by what he claims in this video, Matthew is not a Christian. But does the Bible even claim to be correct on all things biological or genetic or whatever else? Or is the goal of the text something different from science textbook (which is where I think Matthew is coming from). Is he right, can we come to worship the Bible rather than the triune God revealed in the Bible? When do we cross over from worshipping The Word (the eternal "logos" behind the text) to worshipping the words?

One important point is that I worry more when verses are quoted out of context. One example of a problem this leads to is that the Book of Job consists of numerous dialogues in which Job's friends offer their thoughts and counsel which the book itself rejects. The text gives views it then opposes. One could say those verses are correct (not erring) only when read in context of the later verses that let you know that Job's friends were wrong.

There is much more that could be said on this and that I have said elsewhere. But what do y'all think?

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor

Now for something completely different...worshipping at the mall in Liverpool in an act of "guerilla worship" in the sense of "guerilla warfare" not meaning "the worship of guerillas:"



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