1. Meaning of the term inerrant: The sixty-six
books of the Protestant canon are divinely-inspired, and therefore inerrant
(since God cannot lie) in the original writings (autographs). This process of
inspiration is confluent: God used the writers to communicate exactly what God
wanted, yet did so without overriding their personalities. For a detailed
analysis, see Carl Henry, God, Revelation and Authority, volumes 2-4
There are cogent arguments from nature and
humanity that an personal-infinite God exists.
If (2), then this God could inspire writings to
say what he wants them to say. See Part II of Groothuis, Christian Apologetics
and Francis Schaeffer, “Is Propositional Revelation Nonsense?” in He is There
and He is Not Silent.
The text of the New Testament has been reliably
transmitted to us today (textual criticism). See chapter 19 of Christian
The New Testament passes the tests of reliable
history. See chapter 19 of Christian Apologetics
The New Testament presents Jesus as
God-incarnate, given Jesus’ claims, credentials, and achievements
Jesus endorsed the divine authority of the Old
Testament, directly and indirectly. See chapter 20 of Christian Apologetics.
Therefore, the Old Testament is divinely
inspired/inerrant. See chapter 20 of Christian Apologetics.
Jesus authorized the Apostles to preserve his
teachings. See chapter 20 of Christian Apologetics.
Therefore the New Testament, which is
apostolically authorized directly or indirectly, is divinely-inspired/inerrant.
See chapter 20 of Christian Apologetics
Therefore, the sixty-six books of the Bible are
divinely-inspired/inerrant. See chapter 20 of Christian Apologetics.
Bonus, while textual transmission has not been
inerrant, it has been very reliable. Thus, we can say that the best
translations today are infallible; that is, they will not mislead us on
anything to which they speak.
I wrote this from memory, but every Christian
should have some understanding of the epistemological basis of their worldview!
No “leap of faith” is needed.