G. K. Beale has written a response to Peter Enns’ Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament entitled The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority.
The blurb reads:
Can an authoritative Bible contain myth or distortions? Can it be inaccurate on questions of science or historical narrative and still be inerrant? Is there a historical truth, a scientific truth that is separate from theological truth?
According to Greg Beale, answers recently proposed to these questions demonstrate a weakening of the traditional view of the truth of Scripture, which is an erosion of the very identity of evangelicalism. When postmodernism preys upon propositional truth, Christians—and Christian scholars—can be tempted to redefine words like “error,” “truth,” and “inspiration.” But if propositions are no longer secure, what exactly does it mean to say that the Bible is true?
In The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism, Beale vigorously yet even-handedly meets the challenges presented by leading postmodernist Peter Enns. The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism exposes the faulty foundation of these postmodern views, draw out their far-reaching theological implications, and offers strong support of biblical authority. Beale presents his own set of challenges to the postmodern suppositions of Enns and others, and he concludes that the doctrine of inerrancy is not merely a part of evangelicalism’s fundamentalist past but is, instead, a fundamental part of its vibrant future.
My interest in this title will give me an excuse to read Enns’ book which I’ve been putting off for far too long. I’m excited to check them both out.