Starting on a New Book

In will soon begin working on my contribution to Zondervan’s latest “Counterpoints” book, this one on inerrancy. The editors are James Merrick and Stephen Garrett.

There are four other contributors: John Franke, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, and Al Mohler.

As many of you know, the Counterpoints series invites authors of different, even diametrically opposing, views to write essays on why the entire world should rightly revolve around their view and why everyone else’s should be dismissed as hopelessly muddled. I signed on right away.

This particular volume should be interesting in that the participants do not represent five distinct positions but three general ones. At this point I will leave it to you to figure out what those positions are and who holds which.

In the meantime I will say that we are going to be discussing inerrancy not in the abstract, but focusing on the same three passage, which have yet to be determined. That will be a strength of this volume, even a breath of fresh air: “How does inerrancy work here in this passage?” (No easy retreat to doctrinal statements to stall debate.)

This won’t see the light of day until 2013, so don’t hold your breath (unless your view differs from mine).


  • Terry

    Appreciate the tongue in cheek; greatly appreciate the topic of the upcoming volume. Excellent.

  • What will the three passages be, if I may be so bold?  Would love to take a look at them beforehand (by several years) and conjure up my own thoughts.

    • Anonymous

      We all gave our list of passages we would like to see covered and will find out in a couple of months. If my passages don’t get picked I plan on pitching a fit.

  • I will really be looking forward to this book. In the meantime, I thoroughly enjoyed your announcement. Will Counterpoints let you write your portions of the book in the same inimitable style?

    • Anonymous

      I doubt it, Paul, for, you see, the fate of the gospel lies in the balance. 2000 years of history, all coming down to this.

  • Jace

    I want to see you and Al in a boxing ring. That would be more fun. Still I will read the book anyway (If Bird is writing, I am reading 🙂

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