It seems like everyone who subscribes to inerrancy has to qualify it somehow. Personally, I've never looked into it. Nor do I plan to. I'm content to trust the scripture as far as I understand it. I'm happy trusting that, when I don't understand it, that the problem is with me and not with the scripture. Finally, I'm willing to trust that apparent contradictions can be explained somehow, someday whether or not I've heard a good explanation yet. Do we really need more?My faith is traditional. My style's more Bohemian (Hussite) - and not just on ecclesiology. I'll go way out of my way to suspend judgment on scripture's apparent difficulties. I just don't appreciate those who stake a claim on some particular reading of those difficult passages and then compromise everything else in defending that view.
Obviously, TPTB think so. We must "know how to answer". (As if that means know everything. As if "answer" means "solve".) But the effort to explain it all now implies that we can understand it all now, and God does not seem to work that way. (Or does He?) At any rate, God did not give us the scripture so we could lock it down tight, and control it, and use it to maintain our preferred religious-political status quo. So much protestant scholarship, theology and translation warfare is just the post-Catholics trying to maintain the appearance of sola scriptura, but behind the scenes and between the lines it's shoring up authoritarian dogma, pure and simple. Some animals really are more equal than others.
I've been predicting this for years. Now it's starting to happen. The more we all learn, the more Protestant institutions are going to grow into their centuries and start claiming tradition. Otherwise, they will die. The games they've been playing with scripture have long since undermined the Reformation's foundation.
But hey, Martin Luther shored up a few dogmas with fancy arguments, too, didn't he? So maybe that's okay. Or... maybe not. Either way, those of us who trust the scriptures need to simplify the way we go about handling it, and we need to start admitting more uncertainties. If we don't do this soon, we'll be sorry. The internet is starting to make the printing press look like wax tablets, and this "Reformation II" that is currently incubating has not yet begun to explode across the religious landscape.
Huss preceeded Luther by 100 years. Watch out, TPTB. Better yet, humble thyselves and simplify. You may yet do some good for those of us who will never come back.
On some level, it seems like "inerrancy" (as a strategy) is most useful NOT for defending the scriptures, but for defending tradition.