Does the Bible Affirm Scientific Errors? A Reply to Denis Lamoureux

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In recent years a number of scholars have argued that numerous biblical texts affirm what we now know are erroneous scientific notions. The sort of arguments they use and the biblical texts they cite have been well summarised in the writings of Denis Lamoureux. Lamoureux argues that these texts affirm erroneous notions concerning a three-tier universe, the movement of the sun across the sky, a solid firmament, flat earth, the mustard seed being the smallest seed, the death of the seed during germination, preformatism and creation de novo. I show that Lamoureux has not adequately considered Beale’s distinction between what the texts affirm and what the author believes. I develop various arguments based on this distinction and demonstrate that Lamoureux’s arguments fail to refute Beale’s position concerning biblical inerrancy and rule out an alternative view of divine accommodation which uses ancient common ways of expression without affirming scientific errors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-133
Number of pages18
JournalScience and Christian Belief
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

User-Defined Keywords

  • divine accommodation
  • scientific errors
  • biblical inerrancy
  • three-tier universe
  • geocentrism
  • firmament


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