Modern Critical Text Advocates Cannot Say Anything About Originality or Authenticity

Introduction There are a number of ways the textual criticism discussion goes awry. Sometimes the conversation is hyper focused on textual variants and “textual data,” other times the topic of discussion is Erasmus or the Reformed. What is almost always ignored is what the Scriptures say. There is a reason the Critical Text advocates doContinue reading “Modern Critical Text Advocates Cannot Say Anything About Originality or Authenticity”

The Defense of the TR is Not the Same as the Vulgate

Introduction Recently, Dr. Peter Gurry posted an article called “Cardinal Bellarmine, Trent’s Major Apologist, On Important Variants” on the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog. The article is a continued effort to conflate the TR with the Vulgate. Gurry ends the article with this conclusion: “One last observation about Bellarmine’s discussion. I notice a similarity, mutatis mutandis, betweenContinue reading “The Defense of the TR is Not the Same as the Vulgate”

Why the Doctrine of Inerrancy Demands the Defense of the Received Text

Introduction On this blog, I have highlighted many of the doctrinal errors underpinning the modern critical text, as well as set forth positively the historical orthodox position on the Holy Scriptures. I have been critical of the doctrine of inerrancy as articulated by modern scholars and compared it to the historical doctrine of providential preservation,Continue reading “Why the Doctrine of Inerrancy Demands the Defense of the Received Text”

So You’re a Presuppositionalist? Prove it.

Introduction Presuppositional Apologetics has been critically acclaimed as the “only Biblical defense of the faith” by many who advocate for the method. Yet there is a critical inconsistency in the vast majority of those who champion Greg Bahnsen and Cornelius Van Til, especially when it comes to the text of Holy Scriptures. Bahnsen provides aContinue reading “So You’re a Presuppositionalist? Prove it.”

A Meaningful, Reformed Defense of the Scriptures

Before reading this article, I recommend listening to this electrifying sermon by Pastor Joel Beeke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjANwDtJkwc Introduction Charles Spurgeon once said in a Sermon dealing with the defense of the Scriptures: “I am a Christian minister, and you are Christians, or profess to be so; and there is never any necessity for Christian ministers toContinue reading “A Meaningful, Reformed Defense of the Scriptures”

Does the Modern Apologetic Offer a Meaningful Response to Bart Ehrman?

Introduction It is often stated that the Confessional Text position, which was the position that the post-Reformation divines defended against the Papists and Anabaptists, offers no meaningful answer to critics like Bart Ehrman. It is said that in order to defend the text of the New Testament, one has to adopt the epistemology and methodsContinue reading “Does the Modern Apologetic Offer a Meaningful Response to Bart Ehrman?”