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  • Comprehensively, Biblical Infallibility is the concept that regards Biblical text as complete, historically accurate and without error. The proposal is largely accepted and shared within conservative faith groups of mainstream Protestantism, most notably by Evangelical Christians. [1]
  • Some faith groups also use the term to refer to the doctrine that the Bible cannot "fail", or mislead. In this sense it is seen as distinct from Biblical Inerrancy, but always accompanying it. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy uses the term in this sense, saying, "Infallibility and inerrancy may be distinguished but not separated."[2]

Biblical Integrity

The idea of Biblical Integrity strengthens the concept of infallibility by suggesting that current Judeo Christian Biblical text is complete and without error (inerrant). The proposal suggests that the "integrity" of Biblical text - to include its present day message, purpose and content – has never been corrupted or degraded. [1]

Catholicism

There was a controversy during the Second Vatican Council on whether the Roman Catholic Church taught infallibility or inerrancy. Some have interpreted Dei Verbum as teaching the infallibility position. In either case, most present-day, conservative Catholics believe in the inerrancy of Scripture as God's only sourced and written revelation to mankind. However, in addition to the 66 books of Biblical Canon found in Protestant translations, many Catholic renderings of Scripture still retain and recognize Apocryphal works. [3]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Geisler & Nix (1986). A General Introduction to the Bible. Moody Press, Chicago. ISBN ISBN 0-8024-2916-5. 
  2. ^ Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, Article XI
  3. ^ "Rome's Battle for the Bible", Christianity Today, October 20, 2008
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