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The Chicago Statement
on Biblical Inerrancy

According to the web site of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals on its International Council on Biblical Inerrancy page ( ICBI ), "The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian Church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God's written Word. To stray from Scripture in faith or conduct is disloyalty to our Master. Recognition of the total truth and trustworthiness of Holy Scripture is essential to a full grasp and adequate confession of its authority."

According to the ( Bible Researcher ) web site, "The 'Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy' was produced at an international Summit Conference of evangelical leaders, held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago in the fall of 1978. This congress was sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. The Chicago Statement was signed by nearly 300 noted evangelical scholars, including James Boice, Norman L. Geisler, John Gerstner, Carl F. H. Henry, Kenneth Kantzer, Harold Lindsell, John Warwick Montgomery, Roger Nicole, J. I. Packer, Robert Preus, Earl Radmacher, Francis Schaeffer, R. C. Sproul, and John Wenham."

Dr. James Montgomery Boice explains the development of The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, as well as two other similar documents, as follows. "About ten years into my pastorate, at the end of 1977 and the beginning of 1978, I helped start an organization that was concerned with the important matter we perceived to be under attack at that time, namely, the Bible's inerrancy. . . . It had as its purpose the task of 'elucidating, vindicating and applying the doctrine of biblical inerrancy as an essential element for the authority of Scripture and a necessity for the health of the church of God.'

"We held three scholarly gatherings to hammer out three documents of 'affirmation and denial.' The first, quite naturally, was on inerrancy ('The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy'). The second was on sound principles of biblical interpretation ('The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics'). The third dealt with Bible application ('The Chicago Statement on Biblical Application'). We also held two large lay conferences, the first in San Diego in the spring of 1982 and the second in Washington in the fall of 1988." [James Montgomery Boice, Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines that Shook the World, Crossway Books, 2009 [2001], pp. 68-69].

The document, The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, appears in various forms in books and on the internet. In some places it appears with commentary, in other places without the Exposition at the end. The form given here, complete in its original form as best as I can determine, is how it appears in Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation and Authority, Vol. IV, Crossway Books, 1979 [pp. 211-219], and more recently in James Montgomery Boice, Standing on the Rock: Upholding Biblical Authority in a Secular Age, Kregel Publications, 1998 [pp. 147-160].

To view The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, click here.