After a decade of study and discussion, the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI) has gone out of existence—according to plan.
A group of conservative Christian leaders launched the organization in 1977 to strengthen and modernize arguments supporting the authority of the Bible. The ten-year effort culminated in late September with the Congress on the Bible II, which brought 3,000 laymen to Washington, D.C., to discuss the application of Scripture to current political issues and daily life.
According to ICBI chairman James Montgomery Boice, the council’s original purpose was to “explain and defend the doctrine of inerrancy as a necessary part of any valid doctrine of Scripture and a necessity for the health of the church.” The organization’s first major summit in 1978 produced a 19-point statement on the doctrine of inerrancy, which was signed by 300 conservative Christian leaders.
The second step was biblical interpretation. “You can say we have an inerrant Bible,” Boice said, “but if you handle it wrongly, we’ve still lost the battle.” A 1982 summit produced a 25-point guideline for interpreting Scripture. Also in 1982, the first Congress on the Bible educated laypeople about the work of the council’s first two summits. In 1986, a final summit produced a 170-point document on the application of Scripture to life.
This year’s Congress on the Bible II completed the council’s work. Plenary sessions and workshops focused on practical aspects of the Bible. Seminars covered topics such as education, business, welfare, foreign policy, marriage and the family, hunger and poverty issues, AIDS, the law, and public policy. Said ...1
Already a CT subscriber? Log in for full digital access.
Have something to add about this? See something we missed? Share your feedback here.
Subscribe to Christianity Today and get access to this article plus 65+ years of archives.
- Home delivery of CT magazine
- Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com
- Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives
- Learn more