Though the Bible presents a personal and relational God, popular
modern worldviews portray an impersonal divine force in a purely
material world. Readers influenced by this competing worldview hold
assumptions about fundamental issues—like the nature of humanity, evil,
and the purpose of life—that present profound obstacles to understanding
In Inerrancy and Worldview, Dr. Vern
Poythress offers the first worldview-based defense of scriptural
inerrancy, showing how worldview differences create or aggravate most
perceived difficulties with the Bible. His positive case for biblical
inerrancy implicitly critiques the worldview of theologians like Enns,
Sparks, Allert, and McGowan. Poythress, who has researched and published
in a variety of fields— including science, linguistics, and
sociology—deals skillfully with the challenges presented in each of
these disciplines. By directly addressing key examples in each field,
Poythress shows that many difficulties can be resolved simply by
exposing the influence of modern materialism.
Inerrancy and Worldview’s
positive response to current attempts to abandon or redefine inerrancy
will enable Christians to respond well to modern challenges by employing
a worldview that allows the Bible to speak on its own terms.
Vern Poythress, Ph.D.
Crossway Books, Paperback, 271 pages