Liberalism, the Church and Inerrancy

by Dave Jenkins

apologetics - biblical inerrancyIntroduction

Friedrich Schleiermacher was born November 21, 1768 and died February 12, 1834. Mr. Schleiermacher was considered the father of liberal theology. Schleimacher’s began not with the Bible, a creed, or revelation, but with personal experiences that happen to the individual and the community.  The influence of Schleiermacher is felt today among those who deny inerrancy by placing their opinions about science over the truth of Scripture.

Liberalism, the Church and Inerrancy

At the end of the day what theological liberalism and what biblical Christianity offer are in conflict. Friedrich Schleiermacher is a perfect example of this as he believed that the stories that Moses wrote in Genesis were myths. Schleiermacher was known to place a high emphasis on how he felt rather than on what the Bible teaches.[1] At the heart of this argument by theological liberals is the belief that the Bible is a book full of errors.

Theological liberalism follows in the pattern of Schleiermacher today by placing an emphasis on what they feel rather than on what the Bible teaches. Such errors according to them are either stated or implied by those who deny inerrancy and for many of them the conviction that there are some actual errors in Scripture is a major factor in persuading them against the doctrine of inerrancy. In response to this Christians should challenge this position by asking, “What specific verse or verses do these errors occur?” Asking this question will help to understand whether the person has little or no biblical literacy, but believes there are errors in the Scriptures, because others have told them so…


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