A Reconsideration of the Importance of CSBI and CSBH in Apologetics, Evangelism, and Perseverance in the Orthodox Faith

Responding to Contemporary Challenges to the ICBI Statements by Evangelical Apologists and Biblical Scholars
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This is a 59-page paper that begins by reconsidering the question of whether or not and to which degree an uncompromising stance on full biblical inerrancy (as opposed to limited or partial inerrancy) may be important for those involved in pre-evangelism and evangelism. It proceeds to consider the concern raised by some that inerrancy may be a catalyst for apostasy from the faith. Other challenges posed to full-inerrantists by limited-inerrantists that are examined. How helpful are the illustrations of concentric circles for showing which docrines are more important than others?  Is the reliance on "outdated" Scottish Realism philosophy by paleo-inerrantists a good reason for the neo-inerrantists to dismiss their conclusions?  Is there really no overlap between interpretation and inerrancy?  There is a particular focus given to the challenges raised by genre (apocalyptic) studies. The problem of "Jewish zombies" in Matthew 27:51-53 is used as a case study.  

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Inerrancy and Evangelical Identity

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Fri, 04/10/2015 - Sat, 04/11/2015
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Our annual meeting is going to be very accessible to many in the Southeast, at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC, Fri-Sat., April 10-11.  The theme is “Inerrancy and Evangelical Identity.”  How essential is a full view of biblical authority to who we are as Evangelicals?  It is a doctrine that is under renewed assault, even from within what purports to be Evangelicalism.

We are going to have a stellar line-up of plenary speakers to address such an important topic.

Paige Patterson 

Paige Patterson

First we have as a one-two punch two giants from the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land and Paige Patterson, who will talk about the struggle for inerrancy in that denomination and what we can learn from it for the struggles ongoing in other Evangelical churches and organizations.  Nobody has had more personal experience with such things than these two.  Land will talk about the history of the struggle for inerrancy in the SBC, and Patterson will focus on the practical lessons to be learned from it.  This will be balanced by rising star Sarah Geis, Doug Groothuis’s protégé at Denver Seminary, who will speak on making the case for inerrancy, not so much to the church as to the world.  Their titles are as follows:

Richard Land 

Richard Land

Richard Land, “The Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-1993: What Happened, and Why” (To learn more about Richard Land, go to http://www.drrichardland.com/about. )

Paige Patterson, “The Consequences of Revolution: The Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention: A Case Study” (To learn more about Paige Patterson, go to http://www.paigepatterson.info/. )

Sarah Geis, "The Apologetics of Inerrancy: Making Our Case to the World" (To learn more about Sarah Geis, go to http://justifiedfaith.com/author/scgeis/. ) 

Sarah Geis 

Sarah Geis

Then Don Williams will do a presidential address on “Discerning the Times: Why We Lost the Culture War and How to Make a Comeback,” in which he will address the related area of how subjectivist hermeneutics undermines biblical authority and our ability to apply it to the world around us.

Donald T. Williams 

Donald T. Williams

This is a great opportunity that many of us should take advantage of.


Call for papers deadline is February 15. Don't wait, you can submit yours today.


Early registration is $50 before March 15.
Groups of 6 or more $40.
Presenters are free before March 15.
The banquet meal can be included for an extra $12. Catering will be good southern fare from NC BBQ.

The price goes up to $55 on March 15 and $60 at the door.



There are a number of hotels available in the area and we have group rates with several. We have put together a one page hotel reference that shows available rates, amenities, distances from the conference, and cut-off dates.



Go left out of SES and drive for about 2 miles and you find a shopping strip on the left with at least 3 places (Jerusalem Café, Subway, and an Italian restaurant), or go right out of SES and drive about 2 ½ miles, and you find four or five places (Showmars, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, etc.).


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