William James

William James
We must get by on what truth we have today, and be willing to call it error tomorrow.

Monday, November 22, 2010

On The Claim That Rejecting Biblical Inerrancy Precludes Objective Standards For Truth

The question was put (August 2007):

"It is a well-known fact that Mormons reject biblical inerrancy. Yet, the Christian believes that the Bible is inerrant, and that without the Bible being inerrant there is no objective basis for knowing the truth.
Therefore, I would like to know, if you're a person who has rejected biblical inerrancy, what objective basis do you use in place of the Bible to determine the validity of truth claims?"

To which I responded:

I think the starting point is that, no matter how objective we try to be, our limited understanding will inevitably cause us to err. There probably exists no single universal foolproof method for arriving at the complete inerrant truth every time. We are put to the task of discovering it bit by bit, through experience, logic, reason, evidence, science, and last but not least, faith.

It might be convenient if all we had to do was open up a book to find out the truth on every pertinent subject. But God has placed us here to work a lot of things out in our minds, not to spoonfeed us.

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