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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)


Christianity requires a reliable, but not necessarily inerrant, Bible to validate it.

  1. Since we have demonstrated that the Bible is our most reliable witness to the truth of Christian propositions, it is important that the Bible itself1 be demonstrated to be reliable.
  2. We must now ask ourselves what level2 of reliability is required of the Bible for us to accept its claims as most probably true.
  3. Since the inerrancy of Scripture is a more extraordinary claim than the general reliability of Scripture, inerrancy should not be insisted3 on unless it can clearly be demonstrated or it can be shown that the denial of inerrancy would lead to a fatal inconsistency within the Christian postulates.
  4. As we have noted, Christianity is a public statement about the world, knowledge of which is claimed to be based on experience in history, evidence for these historical happenings being pre-eminently recorded in the Bible. Hence, a priori, evidence for the truth of the Bible, as a record of historical events, need be no greater4 than for other historical documents that we habitually take as sufficient for establishing historical events.




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