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We must now ask ourselves what level of reliability is required of the Bible for us to accept its claims as most probably true.
- I will take it as self-evident that the least demanding option should be taken. If Christianity can be grounded on a Bible that is (to some degree) reliable but not inerrant, then this should be taken as sufficient for our purposes.
- While we must note that Scripture has a very high level of respect for itself, it would be reasoning in a circle were we to suggest that we must believe in the inerrancy of Scripture because the Bible claims to be inerrant (even if it does).
- The "inerrancy of Scripture" is therefore not the most fundamental Christian postulate. Some scheme (or world view) such as that outlined in this paper is.
- The "inerrancy of Scripture" is therefore not a proposition that defines Christianity but is one that may be discussed within Christianity.
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