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(Text as at 26/09/2007 20:41:17)


In the context of the inerrancy / reliability debate, differences between parallel accounts of the same event act as double-edged swords.

  1. On the one hand, the normal canons of journalism would suggest that slight discrepancies on the key issues (or wide divergences on peripheral matters) are confirmatory of independence and imply two or more independent witnesses, which is better than only one. Differences may be attributed to divergent interpretation or slips occasioned in the heat of the moment.
  2. On the other hand, any discrepancy that would be no obstacle to journalistic acceptability is destructive of inerrancy. This fact explains the lengths to which exegetes are willing to go to harmonise divergent accounts of the same event or, where ingenuity fails them in this area, to multiply the alleged underlying events where physically possible.




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