Defending an Infallible Bible

Kenneth Kantzer’s article [“Why I Still Believe the Bible Is True,” Oct. 7] adds to my puzzlement as to why theologians continue to seek to justify the concept of an infallible Bible. He grants that the Bible can only be understood as a “thoroughly human book,” and that belief in an infallible Bible is not necessary for “either salvation or godly living.” Yet he claims this belief is essential for “consistent Christianity,” when the idea that the Bible is infallible in all its parts has been used—and is still used—to validate practices inconsistent with Christianity.

I once took a course in Old Testament. Since then, as a layman, I have not found it necessary to defend or explain away historic, scientific, or other flaws in the Bible in order to use it as a never-ending source of understanding what God requires and promises. I admit I sometimes have problems, but they can be contained in much less space than Kantzer says he needs for his.

E. ROBERT BROOKS

Wake Forest, N.C.

Debate or shifting position?

Charles Colson’s provocative column “It’s Not Over, Debbie” [Oct. 7] suggests how “debate,” making the unthinkable become commonplace, has been used as a strategic political tool in creating movements for social reform. He relates this to the subtly, yet swiftly emerging, issue of euthanasia. His discussion of the infamous “mercy killing” confession raises a compelling question.

Why promote as an issue for public consideration an illegal act the American Medical Association itself condemns—the administration of a lethal drug with the intention to kill? Where in “Debbie” could there possibly be a springboard for meaningful debate? The story fails to address the kind of truly difficult questions that merit ...

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