Inerrancy and Explanatory Power

Speaking as a biblical scholar, inerrancy is a high-maintenance doctrine. It takes much energy to “hold on to” and produces much cognitive dissonance. I am hardly alone….

For many other evangelicals (scholars of other disciplines, pastors, and laypeople), inerrancy is likewise no longer a paradigm of explanatory power, but a fragile theory in need of constant care and tending to survive.

Peter Enns via Inerrancy: I think someone forgot to tell the Bible.

I’ve mostly run across the phrase “explanatory power” in the creation/evolution debate. It’s neat to see it cropping up here too, and being put to the same use: something along the lines of “my explanation incorporates more of the facts than yours does, and requires fewer miracles to boot.”

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