Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy is a modern historical statement on the view of the Bible held by the Christian Church for 2,000 years, as well as by Jesus and all the Biblical authors. It was produced at an international Summit Conference of evangelical leaders sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy and held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in the fall of 1978.
In the 1970s, a need arose for a broad-based group of theologians to clarify what was the Biblical and historical view of the Bible because a liberal and neo-orthodox view of the Bible had greatly infiltrated most denominations, schools and churches within evangelicalism. In the 20th century, the major philosophical and theological debates have been over the question, "How do we know what it true?" The inerrancy of the written Word of God is the Christian's answer to that basic question. Most of the 19 articles on inerrancy in this statement deal with questions which must be answered before a thorough theological statement on Scripture can be made.