Definition of Inerrancy

In relation to a previous post on inerrancy, I thought it might be useful to provide a definition (at the request of a person who commented). I think that Paul Feinberg’s definition of inerrancy is as good as any:

“Inerrancy is the view that when all the facts become known, they will demonstrate that the Bible in its original autographs and correctly interpreted is entirely true and never false in all it affirms, whether that relates to doctrine or ethics or to the social, physical or life sciences” (P.D. Feinberg, “Bible, Inerrancy and Infallibility of” in Walter A. Elwell ed., Evangelical Dictionary of Theology 2nd ed.[Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2001], 156).