Al Mohler and Peter Enns on Biblical Inerrancy

Jeremy Bouma on November 13th, 2013. Tagged under ,.

Jeremy Bouma

Jeremy Bouma (Th.M.) has pastored on Capitol Hill and with the Evangelical Covenant Church in Michigan. He founded THEOKLESIA, which connects the 21st century Church to the vintage Christian faith; holds a Master of Theology in historical theology; and makes the vintage faith relevant at

This morning we introduced and launched a giveaway contest for a new cogent resource that engages one of the most contemporary conversations in evangelicalism: Biblical inerrancy.

In the video below, two voices from the book explain their theological and biblical positions. Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Peter Enns, a biblical scholar at Eastern University, share what this word does and does not mean to them, and inerrancy means for the Bible.

As a classical inerrantists, Mohler contends that we need to come back and look at the definition of biblical inerrancy ensconced in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy devised in the late 1970's.

Mohler contends "that they got [inerrancy] right in the late 1970's. The full definition of biblical inerrancy found in the Chicago statement must be fully embraced by this generation of evangelicals, or we too will find ourselves weakening and compromising biblical authority."

Enns, on the other hand, insists that "inerrancy is not a word that describes how the Bible behaves. It actually imposes onto the Bible a way of behaving, a way of acting that the data of the Bible don't conform to very easily, at least not without a tremendous amount of stress and, I think, cognitive dissonance, as well."

Watch the video below, enter our giveaway contest for a copy, and then pre-order this important new resource (releasing 12/10/13), which serves not only as a single-volume book for surveying the current debate, but also as a catalyst for understanding and advancing the conversation further.

-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)

(Can't see the video? Watch it here)

PS—All five contributors will appear in a session and panel discussion at ETS. Bible Gateway Blog will live-blog the event, so you’ll be able to follow the discussion in real-time. Add Bible Gateway Blog to your bookmarks and visit on November 19, 2013.

  • Adam Venters 4 years ago

    Share this with friends on facebook. We had this discussion recently where my friend had a classical view of inerrancy and I had a peter enns kind of interpretation.