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Excerpt: "The theory which stresses that inspiration is at the level of words alone has caused problems to arise as textual and literary criticism is applied to the Bible. These problems focus attention on the nature of Biblical inspiration. It is the quality of inspiration which gives authority to the Bible. An authority must speak a word which is final and cannot be controverted. It must be, in some real way, inerrant and infallible. The nature of authority demands this. Thus, by logical necessity the Bible has been declared inerrant and infallible in order to sustain its' authority in respect to truth and a way of life. Because of the relationship between authority and inerrancy, the basic question raised by these problems is, in what does Biblical inerrancy consist?"

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