The Theology of the Text: What is Preservation?

This article is the second in the series called “The Theology of the Text,” designed to cover the topic of the text in short, accessible articles.  The Theology of the Text Part II: What is Preservation?  In the modern church, there has been a concentrated effort to redefine what the word “preserved” means as itContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: What is Preservation?”

The Theology of the Text: What is Scripture?

This article is the first in the series called “The Theology of the Text,” designed to cover the topic of the text in short, accessible articles.  The Theology of the Text Part I: What is Scripture? Christian theology is built from the ground up from Scripture. Without Scripture, there is no stability to the ChristianContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: What is Scripture?”

The Academy and the Church

Introduction One of the major appeals that those in the Received Text camp make to support the continued use of the historical Protestant text over and above the modern critical text, is that the “modern critical text” is an academic text, not an ecclesiastical text. In other words, it is a text produced without theContinue reading “The Academy and the Church”

The Difference Between Appeals to Authority and Appeals to Providence

Introduction Recently, the claim was made that appeals to God’s providence are the same as appeals to authority regarding the Received Text. The argument goes, that TR advocates simply appeal to the authority of those that used the TR in history to justify retaining the historical text of the Protestants. This argument presents the caseContinue reading “The Difference Between Appeals to Authority and Appeals to Providence”

Examining Epistemological Foundations

Introduction The most significant element to the discussion of text-criticism and Bible translations is that of epistemology. Christians recognize two forms of revelation, natural and special. In the first place, men and women know things because they are made in the image of God, and can use their reasoning to come to conclusions. This naturalContinue reading “Examining Epistemological Foundations”

Different Theological Perspectives on the Text of Holy Scripture

Introduction In the modern church, there is an abundance of theological views on the text of Holy Scripture. These include higher critical perspectives, neo-orthodoxy, continued revelation, providential preservation, and modern criticism. All of these views understand the essence and purpose of Scripture in different ways. In order to examine these theologically, I will assume aContinue reading “Different Theological Perspectives on the Text of Holy Scripture”

The Role of Text Criticism in Apologetics

Introduction As this world has become more and more postmodern, apologetics have become a major focus of Christian interaction with the world and even each other. This has resulted in a hyper-focus on giving a defense of the Christian religion to anybody with a critique and debates between Christians regarding the best method of doingContinue reading “The Role of Text Criticism in Apologetics”

If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn't Come Back

Introduction An important practice in the business world is determining the viability and impact of a project before investing resources into that project. It seems this is a wise analysis to consider for evangelical text-criticism.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficientContinue reading “If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn't Come Back”

What We Believe About Holy Scripture

Recently, I wrote an article entitled, “Yes, The Bible Teaches Preservation,” to address the reality that modern evangelical scholars have abandoned the historical protestant doctrine that says that we have the Bible today in its original form. This doctrine is enabled by the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which only speaks to inerrancy in theContinue reading “What We Believe About Holy Scripture”