Chicago Statement on biblical Inerrancy (1978)

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John Kight | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Mar 2 2012 8:38 PM

Not sure if this interests anyone but figured I would make it available anyways.

Enjoy!

4666.Chicago Statement on biblical Inerrancy.docx

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Frank Fenby | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 3 2012 10:50 AM

Great statement! Too often people make the Bible out to be a human project instead of the Word of the Living God.

Thanks for make it available so that it will be easy to present in my classes.

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 3 2012 11:43 AM

Thanks John!

 

BTW, for those who don't want maintain another Personal Book, the text of the Chicago Statement is also included in these resources:

Systematic Theology (Grudem): logosres:grudemest;art=r.8.57.1.9.0.0.0

God, Revelation and Authority (Henry): logosres:godrevauth;ref=VolumePage.V_4,_p_211

The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism (Beale): logosres:09bb57a3c5a4b5cec1cd2bac26fd181f;art=r21

JETS vol 21: logosres:gs-jets-21;ref=VolumeNumberPage.V_21,_N_3,_p_280;off=2436

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 3 2012 2:28 PM

Todd Phillips:

Thanks John!

 

BTW, for those who don't want maintain another Personal Book, the text of the Chicago Statement is also included in these resources:

Systematic Theology (Grudem): logosres:grudemest;art=r.8.57.1.9.0.0.0

God, Revelation and Authority (Henry): logosres:godrevauth;ref=VolumePage.V_4,_p_211

The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism (Beale): logosres:09bb57a3c5a4b5cec1cd2bac26fd181f;art=r21

JETS vol 21: logosres:gs-jets-21;ref=VolumeNumberPage.V_21,_N_3,_p_280;off=2436

 

Curiosity got me as well earlier today, whether such a foundational text shouldn't be somewhere in my Logos library. 

I have it as well in Beale's "The erosion of inerrancy", btw. a Vyrso book http://vyrso.com/product/14581/the-erosion-of-inerrancy-in-evangelicalism-responding-to-new-challenges-to-biblical-authority

and in WEA's Evangelical Review of Theology Vol 4/1980 here logosres:ert004;ref=Page.p_8;off=-496 

Both of these resources contain the text of Statement and Articles as well as the Exposition. While some sources omit the exposition - and its not printed in my paper copy of Grudem's ST, dont know whether it is in the Logos edition - Beale and the WEA have it. 

There's one question though: why are there different versions of this text? At logosres:09bb57a3c5a4b5cec1cd2bac26fd181f;art=r21;off=12453 respectivele logosres:ert004;ref=Page.p_14;off=206 the exposition deals with "creation, revelation and inspiration" and starts with "The Triune God, who formed all things" - the PB only says "The God, who formed". Is there a non-trinitarian version of it?

I looked up the PDF version at DTS http://library.dts.edu/Pages/TL/Special/ICBI_1.pdf which seems to claim sort of canonicity by stating that the original document is at DTS' archives, it reads the trinitarian version. 

The version without "triune" is found e.g. at http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/creeds/chicago.htm and at http://carm.org/chicago-statement-of-biblical-inerrancy and a number of other places on the web. Very strange. 

EDIT: it gets even more strange, when one compares the "trinitarian" version (I used the text from WEA) with the "non-trinitarian" wordfile (I used John's file). While the "non-trinitarian" version seems to fix a typo or two, it introduces some strange readings ("of" instead of "or") at some places and speaks in Article IX of the "falseness" instead of the "fallenness" of these writers = biblical authors. 

 

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 3 2012 3:00 PM

NB.Mick:
Both of these resources contain the text of Statement and Articles as well as the Exposition. While some sources omit the exposition - and its not printed in my paper copy of Grudem's ST, dont know whether it is in the Logos edition - Beale and the WEA have it. 

FWIW, God, Revelation and Authority and JETS vol 21 also have the exposition (and have "triune").  Grudem's ST in Logos does not have the exposition.

NB.Mick:
There's one question though: why are there different versions of this text? At logosres:09bb57a3c5a4b5cec1cd2bac26fd181f;art=r21;off=12453 respectivele logosres:ert004;ref=Page.p_14;off=206 the exposition deals with "creation, revelation and inspiration" and starts with "The Triune God, who formed all things" - the PB only says "The God, who formed". Is there a non-trinitarian version of it?

Good question. 

The fact that all printed sources have "The triune God" makes me think that it is original.  JETS vol 21 was published in 1978.  God, Revelation and Authority volumes 3 & 4 were published in 1979.  I suppose it's possible that GT&A was revised over time, but I think that it's unlikely for a journal article to be revised. (I don't have ERT, but you say it's 1980).

On the other hand, the only copies without "triune" are easily modified web-based copies of unknown primary source.

Draw your own conclusions.

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Todd Phillips | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 3 2012 3:14 PM

NB.Mick:
EDIT: it gets even more strange, when one compares the "trinitarian" version (I used the text from WEA) with the "non-trinitarian" wordfile (I used John's file). While the "non-trinitarian" version seems to fix a typo or two, it introduces some strange readings ("of" instead of "or") at some places and speaks in Article IX of the "falseness" instead of the "fallenness" of these writers = biblical authors. 

Sounds like scribal errors. Big Smile

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 3 2012 3:25 PM

Todd Phillips:

NB.Mick:
EDIT: it gets even more strange, when one compares the "trinitarian" version (I used the text from WEA) with the "non-trinitarian" wordfile (I used John's file). While the "non-trinitarian" version seems to fix a typo or two, it introduces some strange readings ("of" instead of "or") at some places and speaks in Article IX of the "falseness" instead of the "fallenness" of these writers = biblical authors. 

Sounds like scribal errors. Big Smile

Yes, indeed. Trying to make some things better and introducing some real blunders along the way...

 

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 4 2012 5:16 AM

I have tried to update the document along the lines of the DTS pdf. This now is an "eclectic" text - I tried to get back to the reading of DTS (and thus accepted John's rediangs against WEA, if they seemed okay), but against DTS I retained the correction of the obvious misquote of 1 Pet. 1:21 into 2 Pet 1:21.

2273.Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.docx

 

 

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 4 2012 6:02 AM

Peace to all!                  *smile*

            Thank you to all who contributed to this delightful thread!  Although I had it in a couple of other places, I am pleased to have it as a PB for easy reference!                  Am grateful!

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 10 2015 4:47 PM

The statement is included in the free resource by R.C. Sproul "Can I Trust the Bible"

https://www.logos.com/product/28058/can-i-trust-the-bible 

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 10 2015 6:08 PM

Thanks for the info, David. This also reminds me again of our buddy Milford.

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Floyd Johnson | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 10 2015 7:06 PM

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Robert M. Warren:
Thanks for the info, David. This also reminds me again of our buddy Milford.

Yes

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JAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, May 10 2015 11:11 PM

*smile*

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, May 11 2015 6:14 AM

You are all very welcome!

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 18 2015 7:14 AM

A bit of thread revival...

Does anyone have the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Application as well? It strikes me that all three together would be a useful resource.

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 18 2015 7:55 AM

Virgil Buttram:

Does anyone have the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics

http://www.alliancenet.org/the-chicago-statement-on-biblical-hermeneutics

Virgil Buttram:

and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Application as well?

http://www.alliancenet.org/the-chicago-statement-on-biblical-application

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 18 2015 8:43 AM

H.-J.van der Wal:

Virgil Buttram:

Does anyone have the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics

http://www.alliancenet.org/the-chicago-statement-on-biblical-hermeneutics

Virgil Buttram:

and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Application as well?

http://www.alliancenet.org/the-chicago-statement-on-biblical-application

Thanks!

I was actually interested to see if anyone had made a PB out of them. I'm capable of doing so, but I wanted to see if the work has been done already before I engage in the project.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 18 2015 9:26 AM

You (or someone with the above resources) might also check to see if they are included anywhere in an existing Logos resource.

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 18 2015 9:35 AM

Doc B:

You (or someone with the above resources) might also check to see if they are included anywhere in an existing Logos resource.

As small as my library is, I'd be supremely surprised if they are found therein. Someone with a larger library might have them, though.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jun 18 2015 10:35 AM

Todd Phillips:

BTW, for those who don't want maintain another Personal Book, the text of the Chicago Statement is also included in these resources:

Systematic Theology (Grudem): logosres:grudemest;art=r.8.57.1.9.0.0.0

God, Revelation and Authority (Henry): logosres:godrevauth;ref=VolumePage.V_4,_p_211

The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism (Beale): logosres:09bb57a3c5a4b5cec1cd2bac26fd181f;art=r21

JETS vol 21: logosres:gs-jets-21;ref=VolumeNumberPage.V_21,_N_3,_p_280;off=2436

You can add to this list Themelios, 4:3, April 1979: logosres:themelios04-3;ref=Page.p_102;off=4511

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