Defining and refining inerrancy: revisiting the doctrine for the 21st century

Churchouse, Matthew John (2009). Defining and refining inerrancy: revisiting the doctrine for the 21st century. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.


Download (741kB)


This dissertation revisits the doctrine of inerrancy. It recognises that a new phase is being added to the inerrancy debate’s already lengthy history, but at a time where a number of those seeking to contribute appear unaware of the fundamental issue, as to what inerrancy really means. Therefore, the dissertation focuses on that key issue, and defines inerrancy for the new phase of debate. To do so, it looks back to the previous phase of debate between 1978 and 1987 - drawing upon the strong scholarly work of that era – re-establishing a solid definition of inerrancy. This is attained by identifying, in part 1, that the appropriate method for reaching a definition is the retroductive method, a method which is applied to Scripture’s teaching in parts 2 and 3 to propose a clear definition of inerrancy in the preliminary conclusion. In part 4, the writings of two contemporary theologians are analysed to see if the now re-established 20th century doctrine of inerrancy can be developed into a 21st century model. The goal is eventually achieved by applying Vanhoozer’s model of ‘dramatic doctrine’ to inerrancy, giving a fresh refinement to the definition and bringing a new contribution to the debate.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
School or Department: Theology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BT Doctrinal Theology


Request a Correction Request a Correction
View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year