INERRANCY IS NOT ENOUGH: A LESSON IN EPISTEMOLOGY FROM CLARK PINNOCK ON SCRIPTURE

by R. CARLTON WYNNE in Vol. 2 No. 2 / October 2016



Abstract
In the 1960s, Canadian theologian Clark H. Pinnock declared that saving human knowledge of God could only be built upon the plain sense of the infallible and inerrant text of Holy Scripture. In the ensuing decades, however, Pinnock’s confidence in an inerrant Bible severely waned. A close examination of Pinnock’s early epistemological outlook reveals critical defects that sowed seeds of his later departure from a traditional confession of Scripture’s total trustworthiness. Pinnock’s theological migration reminds scholars and church leaders that only an epistemolo- gy that is rooted in the being, knowledge, and revelation of God in Scripture supplies the necessary context for a robust confession of Scripture’s inerrancy and its relationship with the observable world.


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