[quote="Lokabrenna, post:4, topic:274061"]
Hi, non-Christian here, but I thought I'd add my opinion on the matter.
I think it's possible to derive meaning from a work while being skeptical of that work. I think that one of the problems with biblical inerrancy is when some people insist on treating it like a science textbook when it was written in an age when people didn't have the tools or the understanding that we have in this day and age.
Perhaps it's because I come from a tradition that doesn't have "sacred texts" but I think that sometimes this obsession over biblical inerrancy borders on bibliolatry, and while books are awesome, I think there's a real problem when you let reverence for a book eclipse your reverence for God.
You have analyzed this very well. The bible is not a science book and we do it no favor by treating it as one. The first thing that we know about any science book is that it is obsolete in 10 years. The message of the bible lasts as long as eternity does. Yet the mystery of God is far greater than, but yet parallels the mystery of that which science seeks to know.
As well, those who claim that the bible is some type of "authority" are anthropomorphizing an inanimate object. Indeed there is danger of idolatry by ascribing human or divine traits to a book. The bible was produced under authority, and speaks of and from authority, but cannot be, by itself, an authority.