Terminology Tuesday: Inspiration

The characteristic of being filled and led by the Spirit of God. Thus the Old Testament prophets are regarded as having spoken by inspiration. Many Christian theologians claim that the Bible is the result of divine inspiration as well, adding that this is the reason it is inerrant or infallible. (See inerrancy; infallibility.) The relation between divine inspiration and the human authorship of the Bible has been variously conceived, but generally an affirmation of inspiration is not intended to deny that the human characteristics of the authors shaped the text in various ways.

Evans, C. S. (2002). Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (pp. 61–62). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

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Richard Porter is apologetics ministry leader at Calvary Church of West Hartford in Connecticut and a Chapter Director with Ratio Christi. Richard has studied apologetics for over a decade. Prior to his conversion, apologetics was a huge part of what God used to reel him in to the faith. From the popular works of Lee Strobel to the more academic defenses of Christianity by William Lane Craig, apologetics has always caught his eye. He has a passion for equipping Christians to defend the faith and hopes to one day be in full-time ministry. He also has aspirations to pursue an academic career of his own if the Lord permits. In his spare time Richard enjoys exploring New Testament studies and analytic philosophy. In addition to his intellectual pursuits, Richard also enjoys kettlebell and martial arts training – particularly Brazilian and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. He also has two sons that are being trained as young apologists and martial artists.

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