The Theology of the Text: How Do We Make Determinations?

This article is the sixth 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: How Do We Make Determinations? One of the most common impacts of modern criticism is that Christians have been taught for the last severalContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: How Do We Make Determinations?”

The Theology of the Text: How Should Evidence Be Used?

This article is the fifth 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: How Should Evidence Be Used? There are approximately 5100 to 5600 extant Biblical manuscripts today, depending on how they are counted. Some scholars estimateContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: How Should Evidence Be Used?”

The Theology of the Text: Is “Text Criticism” Necessary?

This article is the fourth 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 IV: Is “Text Criticism” Necessary?? Due to the nature of transmission, or how the Bible was copied and used, comparing and correcting manuscriptsContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: Is “Text Criticism” Necessary?”

The Theology of the Text: Who Gives Authority to Scripture?

This article is the third 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 III: Scripture as Self-Authenticating The doctrine of the self-authenticating (αυτοπιστος) Scriptures has been largely neglected in the modern Reformed-ish church. This is theContinue reading “The Theology of the Text: Who Gives Authority to Scripture?”

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”