This week we began framing a theistic understanding of God. We saw that God is: 1) a Being 2) the greatest conceivable Being 3) Person 4) Spirit. We touched on all of these and began to discuss the implications of God being Spirit.
After reviewing a few potential contradictions, we discussed the possibility of a harmonization approach. This is a legitimate approach, but may not always resolve the difficulty. Ultimately, we concluded that a sound doctrine of inerrancy will be governed by authorial intent, and therefore allows for approximations, generalities, and round numbers.
This week we began the doctrine of inerrancy. We saw that inerrancy is a logical corollary of the verbal-plenary view of inspiration. We surveyed three views on inerrancy – 1) absolute inerrancy 2) full inerrancy 3) theological inerrancy – and listed a few potential difficulties with which an inerrantist must deal.