Inerrancy Is Not a Strong or Classical Foundationalism

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Abstract

The general idea of strong foundationalism is that knowledge is founded on well warranted beliefs that do not derive any warrant from other beliefs and that all our other beliefs depend on these foundational ones for their warrant. Although inerrancy posits Scripture as a solid foundation for theology, the idea that the doctrine of biblical inerrancy involves a strong foundationalist epistemology is deeply problematic. In fact, inerrancy does not require any particular view of the structure of knowledge, and notable sources on inerrancy tout it in ways inconsistent with most forms of strong foundationalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-547
JournalThemelios
Volume44
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

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