This has been out for a couple of days, but if you’re interested in recent debates on inerrancy and the doctrine of Scripture, you’ll find this exchange interesting. It appears in the most recent issue of the Westminster Theological Journal.
Peter Enns observes,
Waltke and I clearly have sharp differences on a number of issues but this exchange is (I trust) free of rancor and condescension. What has struck me in the last several months is the considerable gap there is among some between the manner in which important matters are discussed and the basic ethic that Jesus promulgated, an ethic that even the most ardent secularists throughout history have taken note of and even admired. This is not to deflect the importance of debate and sharp disagreement, as I hope this exchange demonstrates, but neither Watlke nor I want to contribute to such dysfunction in the church. We hope, rather, that the complex and perennial academic points can rise to prominence, as they should. I hope readers enjoy and profit from this exchange.
Download Revisiting Inspiration & Incarnation by Bruce Waltke (PDF)
Download Response to Bruce Waltke by Peter Enns (PDF)
I appreciate the spirit in which the discussion is approached. Dysfunction is a good word to describe what happens when theological debates take an ugly turn.