Inerrancy of Scripture: Five Key Christian Resources to Consider


Lord’s Library contributor Vickie Melograno offers a brief on the inerrancy of Scripture and several related resources to consider.

Do you scope out the latest best-seller lists? If so, have you read the best-selling book of all time, a book that some scholars believe might be as old as 3400 years — a book that has changed lives, societies, and even, the world? How much would you pay for such a book?

Despite its inestimable value, the Bible is free to read in most U.S. hotel rooms and free to own by asking any Christian evangelist. As available as it is, it is also one of the most challenged books in history. Why?

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The Inerrancy of Scripture: Defenders and Challengers

The controversy surrounding the Bible is based on the difference in how Christians versus nonbelievers regard it: Christians consider the Bible the inspired word of God, the guidebook for life. Atheists or agnostics, such as New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman, consider the Bible an outdated religious text written by fallible men. Such skeptics point to ostensible inconsistencies and question the Bible’s moral authority.

Much of Christian evangelizing involves Scripture, though. Considering that, Christians should know how to defend the inerrancy of Scripture.

The Inerrancy of Scripture: Apologetics Resources to Consider

Lord’s Library editors has compiled five resources to help you defend the Bible to those who doubt it as the inspired word of God:

Has God Spoken? Memorable Proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration by Hank Hanegraaff 

Hanegraaff is a Christian apologist and the president of the Christian Research Institute. He is popularly known as the “Bible Answer Man.” During his call-in show by the same name, he answers listeners’ questions about the Bible, doctrine, and other related topics. In this book, Hanegraaff presents research, archeological evidence, and internal proofs that the Bible is God’s word.

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The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce

This classic defense of the reliability of the New Testament is a must-read for Christians. The late F.F. Bruce was a scholar and professor of biblical criticism at the University of Manchester, England. This short book is a well-researched introduction to many of the key arguments for the trustworthiness of the New Testament. Bruce’s writing style is dense, so although this book is under 130 pages, take your time reading through it.

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Cold Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace

If a relaxed tone is more your style, Wallace’s classic Cold Case Christianity is an effective resource. This book covers more than just biblical reliability, but it includes plenty of commentary on that topic.  Also, many of Wallace’s base criteria for evaluating the reliability of the apostles’ claims are the same as those that believers can use to defend the Bible. Wallace draws on his many years as a cold-case detective to show how we can believe what the Bible teaches. His engaging writing style and use of anecdotes from his career make this a quick, enjoyable read.

Want an immediate sample of how Wallace applies his sharp investigative skills to proving that we can trust the Bible? You can find some here on his website.

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Defenders 3: Doctrine of Revelation by William Lane Craig

This is a 10-part series from Craig’s Sunday School apologetics class that explores arguments for the inerrancy of what the Bible teaches. In his usual methodical fashion, Craig presents syllogisms to clarify arguments for the inerrancy of the Bible, explains and rebuts counterarguments, and takes questions from the class. This series is an opportunity to listen in on the classes of the foremost Christian apologists of our time.

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Has God Spoken? Evidence for the Bible from Bible Thinker

Bible Thinker is a ministry that features Pastor Mike Winger. The Bible Thinker website describes itself as “dedicated to equipping people to think and live biblically.” This 12-part contribution to that mission is a treasure. Winger explores the arguments against Biblical inerrancy in detail and thoroughly rebuts them. Bookmark this: You’ll want to keep referring to it in your witness to Bible skeptics.

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Final Thought

If you’ve never read the Bible because skeptics convinced you it isn’t reliable, the above resources will help remove your doubts. And what better time than the new year to start reading this ultimate “self-help” best seller? Even more important, you’ll be reading a text inspired by our Creator. As 2 Timothy 3:16 attests, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

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Vickie Melograno
Vickie Melograno

Vickie Melograno

Vickie is a writer, college English professor, and most important, a Christian with an interest in Christian apologetics. She believes in the power of the Word and God's promise of restoration outlined in Joel 2:25: “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."

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