Biblical Inerrancy in the Statement of Faith of our Seminaries

Here is a survey of biblical inerrancy in the statement of faith of various seminaries:

USA:

Fuller Theological Seminary
III. Scripture is an essential part and trustworthy record of this divine self-disclosure. All the books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, are the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. They are to be interpreted according to their context and purpose and in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through them in living power.
http://www.fuller.edu/about-fuller/mission-and-history/statement-of-faith.aspx

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
http://www.tiu.edu/divinity/connect/whoarewe/statementoffaith/

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
I. The sixty-six canonical books of the Bible as originally written were inspired of God, hence free from error. They constitute the only infallible guide in faith and practice.
http://www.gordonconwell.edu/visitors/statement_faith

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Abstract of Principles
I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
Baptist Faith & Message
I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
http://www.sbts.edu/about/

CANADA:

MacMaster Divinity College
III. Scripture
We affirm: that the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, have been given to us by the inspiration of God as the standard for Christian faith, life and teaching; that the Scriptures, though written by human hands, are the Word of God, uniquely authoritative, revealing to us the will of God in Jesus Christ, the living Word; that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the study of the Scriptures, their setting, their languages and their message, employing the finest tools and minds, is honouring to God and leads us to the deeper truths of his Word; and that our task is to apply our hearts, our minds and our skills to the understanding of the Scriptures and to the proclamation of their message to our age.
http://www.macdiv.ca/about/statement.php

Regent College
We accept wholeheartedly the revelation of God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the faith therein set forth and summarized in such historic statements of the Christian church as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. …
2. The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
http://www.regent-college.edu/about_regent/introduction/theo_position.html

Tyndale College & Seminary (Toronto, CAN)
[3] the Bible, both Old and New Testaments together, is Holy Scripture. It is the authoritative written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in all that it teaches, the one entirely trustworthy rule for faith and life. The teachings of Holy Scripture are apprehended through the careful study of the text in all its dimensions, together with prayerful theological reflection, under the guidance of God’s Spirit.
http://www.tyndale.ca/about/statement-of-faith

Toronto Baptist Seminary
I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was (a) written by men supernaturally inspired; (b) that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and (c) therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to men; the true centre of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
http://www.tbs.edu/content.php?parentID=11&childID=18&childType=conten

2 thoughts on “Biblical Inerrancy in the Statement of Faith of our Seminaries

  1. Several observations:

    1) I like the Gordon-Conwell statement because it explicitly bounds The Bible to the 66 canonical books, the rest seems to assume it.

    2) I like the SBTS statement because it reiterates the central theme & purpose of The Bible – Jesus Christ.

    3) I like the Tyndale statement because it seems to give the most relevant description of how to put inerrancy into practice.

  2. Good observations, Almond.

    I submit to you some observations:
    Fuller, McMaster, and Regent do not hold to inerrancy.
    McMaster Divinity being the CBOQ seminary, this is significantly troubling.

    Fuller’s removal of inerrancy a few decades ago was notable in evangelicalism. See:
    http://sixsteps.posterous.com/the-inerrancy-of-scripture-and-fuller-theolog

    Consequently, while Tyndale’s admittance of inerrancy in their confession is sufficient, having an M.Div Counseling/Clinical Track seems to promote a lowering of Scriptural authority. This becomes an inconsistency between confession and practice. It is a limiting biblical authority to a position that is lower than psychology. Science in this case becomes authoritative; the Bible thus is not longer the supreme, nor sufficient authority for life and faith.

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