Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Not because of peer pressure

After returning home from the conference in Mexico, it occurred to me just how off the mark those evangelicals are who accuse non-inerrantists of becoming non-inerrantists because of peer pressure. At least in my case, it certainly is not the case that a non-inerrantist position has become more acceptable to maintain, whether socially, academically, pastorally, or spiritually. If anything, a non-inerrantist evangelical position on scripture seems even harder to sustain because now not only does one have all the liberal "enemies" that one had when one was an inerrantist, but now one also has the inerrantists, too, who are adamantly against you. So whatever benefits there may be from becoming a non-inerrantist, freedom from peer pressure does not seem to me to be one of them.