International Council on Biblical Inerrancy

"Based on the academic work of its scholars, the goal of ICBI is to help lead the average evangelical to a point of mature decision-making ability by offering a reasoned defense of the highest possible view of Scripture: what the Bible says, God says—through human agents and without error."

—James Boice, The Foundation of Biblical Authority



Why Was ICBI Needed?

What Did ICBI Accomplish?

Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Chicago Statement on Biblical Application

Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics



The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI), was a coalition of individuals who represented many works and denominations but who together took a united stand on God's Inerrant Word. This was done through both academic theology and practical Christian instruction.

God laid the burden of this issue on the hearts of several people simultaneously.  In February 1977, a group including J. I. Packer, John Gerstner, R.C. Sproul, Norman Geisler, Greg Bahnsen, Wetherell Johnson, Karen Hoyt, and Jay Grimstead met before and during a Reformation Study Center apologetics conference at Mt. Hermon, CA, for prayer, discussion and planning of this Scripture issue.  Many ideas were discussed which later became the foundation upon which the Council and Advisory Board worked, refining them into their present form. 

left to right: Harold Hoehner, J. I. Packer, R. C. Sproul, James Boice


Resources from ICBI are available at