What is the Rogers/McKim Proposal?
This proposal was formulated by two Presbyterian theologians Drs. Jack Rogers and Donald McKim and is found in their book The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible: An Historical Approach.
In a nutshell here are their theses, and I summarize these from the works of John D. Woodbridge's, Biblical Authority, a Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal and in his essay at Hermeneutics, Authority and Canon, edited by D. A. Carson and himself.
- That the Bible is infallible for faith and practice but may contain "technical mistakes".
- That the Bible is infallible in accomplishing its saving purpose, but not infallible for matters such as history, science, and geography.
- The purpose of God's written Word is to reveal salvation truth about Christ, not for technically correct information about the world.
- Small errors made by the Bible authors do not detract from the Bible's authority because they are not associated to its form or words but with Christ and his salvation message to which they point.
- That the above are the central beliefs of the Church.
- That the present view on inerrancy only began in late 16th century.
Of course, I reject the above.
I am not able to reply in so many words so I will just use some Augustine quotes found in the above works also of Woodbridge:
- I have learned to yield this respect and honour only to the canonical books of Scripture: of these alone do I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error.
- Therefore everything written in Scripture must be believed absolutely.