American Christians’ Peculiar View of Inerrancy—and Other Oddities (Mike Bird)

There is a view of biblical inerrancy that is actually particular to some American Christians—and peculiar to outsiders. Dr. Michael Bird examines this and other peculiarities of some American Christianity in light of Scripture and other traditions.

In this episode, Dru Johnson interviews Dr. Bird about American theology and the different meanings of biblical inerrancy. They discuss the distinction between questioning the authority of the Bible and questioning a particular tradition’s interpretation or doctrine. They also talk about the importance of the Hebrew Bible and Dr. Bird’s work with N.T. Wright.

Show notes:

  • 0:00 America’s concern with biblical inerrancy
  • 3:15 What does it mean to say that the Bible is true?
  • 9:56 Interpretative issues versus authoritative issues
  • 13:07 American eschatology
  • 17:03 Ignorance of the Hebrew Bible
  • 25:45 N.T. Wright
  • 27:45 American politics and Christian obligation

Learn more about Mike Bird and his work.

Dr. Bird’s book with N.T. Wright: The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians

Show notes by Micah Long.

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