Building the Minister’s Library: Inerrancy
John G. Bales
Inerrancy is an essential doctrine held by orthodox Christians. If we are to know God and our true spiritual condition, then we must have confidence in His special revelation, the Holy Bible. (Only then, of course, can we learn what God has done to rectify our condition and to gain assurance in His work for us.) So the doctrine of Scripture and our confidence in its utter trustworthiness is critical for all other doctrines. While some form of the doctrine of Scripture has existed since the beginning of the church, the concept of inerrancy is a fairly recent addition to the debate. Below is a list of books to help one enter the discussion.
Beale, Gregory K. The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2008. Beale effectively analyzes the current state of the doctrine of Scripture within the broader evangelical church and offers sound biblical responses.
Boice, James Montgomery. Does Inerrancy Matter? Oakland, Calif: International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, 1979. Boice was at the center of the inerrancy controversy, fighting to defend the doctrine of inerrancy and stating its relevancy for us today.
Carson, D. A., and John D. Woodbridge. Scripture and Truth. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan Pub. House, 1983. An excellent collection of essays from leading scholars in the fields of biblical studies, church history and systematics.
Conference on the Inspiration and Authority of Scripture, and John Warwick Montgomery. God's Inerrant Word; An International Symposium on the Trustworthiness of Scripture. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1974.
Geisler, Norman L. Inerrancy. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan Pub. House, 1980. Geisler edits a collection of fine essays including: “The Meaning of Inerrancy,” by Paul D. Feinberg and "Calvin and the Westminster Divines" by John H. Gerstner.
Kistler, Don. Sola Scriptura!: The Protestant Position on the Bible. Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1995. Includes the essay, “What do we mean by Sola Scriptura?” by W. Robert Godfrey.
Schaeffer, Francis A., and James Montgomery Boice. The Foundation of Biblical Authority. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978. The International Council for Biblical Inerrancy formed in 1977 and set forth these series of essays in defense of inerrancy.
Sproul, R. C. Scripture Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub, 2005. Includes The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
Turrettini, François and John W. Beardslee. The Doctrine of Scripture: Locus 2 of Institutio Theologiae Elencticae. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House, 1981. Turrentini represents a high point in seventeenth century Reformed orthodoxy and here defends the doctrine of inspiration.
Warfield, Benjamin Breckinridge, Samuel G. Craig, and Cornelius Van Til. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co, 1948. Warfield restates the doctrine of inspiration for his and future generations.
Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ned Bernard Stonehouse, and Paul Woolley. The Infallible Word; A Symposium. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 1946. In this collection of essays, the faculty members of Westminster Seminary Philadelphia hold forth the historic doctrine that the Bible is the infallible Word of God.
Young, Edward J. Thy Word Is Truth; Some Thoughts on the Biblical Doctrine of Inspiration. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1957. An older treatment, but it retains its value.