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”

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”

The Weakness of Evidence-Based Textual Criticism & The Received Text

Introduction If I could identify the most significant disconnect between those that advocate for modern critical methods and those that advocate for the Received Text, it’s the difference in how evidence is handled. From a modern critical perspective, it is baffling that the manuscript evidence they produce for or against a reading is rejected. FromContinue reading “The Weakness of Evidence-Based Textual Criticism & The Received Text”

The Consequences of Rejecting Material Preservation

Introduction Since the late 20th century, the doctrine of Scripture has been reformulated to say several things, most explicitly in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. The Chicago Statement articulates several things about the doctrine and nature of Scripture :  The original manuscripts (autographs) of the New Testament were without error The Scriptures as weContinue reading “The Consequences of Rejecting Material Preservation”

Absolute Certainty, The Received Text, and Matthew 23:13-14

Introduction Recently, Reverend Christopher Myers of Phoenix Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) tagged me in on a Facebook post to address the topic of absolute certainty and the Received Text. Dr. Peter Gurry playfully chimed in with a test passage (Matthew 23:13-14). In this article I will be interacting with Dr. Gurry’s article. Any disagreements IContinue reading “Absolute Certainty, The Received Text, and Matthew 23:13-14”

Providential Preservation and the Modern Critical Texts

Introduction There are many cases that I have seen where somebody who advocates for the modern critical text uses the theological language, “Providential Preservation.” This is typically due to the person not understanding the current state of modern textual criticism. There have been many developments that have been adopted in the mainstream of textual scholarshipContinue reading “Providential Preservation and the Modern Critical Texts”

Yes, the Bible Teaches Preservation

Introduction The chasm between the axioms of lower-criticism and historic Protestant Theology grows wider every single day. Yet the two live side by side in the seminary. A student at seminary may go from a systematic theology or foundations class directly to an exegesis or New Testament class, wherein the concepts espoused are completely atContinue reading “Yes, the Bible Teaches Preservation”

Inspiration: Now and Then

Introduction The Reformers were adamant when talking about the authority and preservation of Scripture that every last word had been kept pure and should be used for doctrine, preaching, and practice.  “The marvelous preservation of the Scriptures; though none in time be so ancient, nor none so much oppugned, yet God hath still by hisContinue reading “Inspiration: Now and Then”

Providential Exposure as it Relates to Preservation

The Theological Method and Preservation The Theological Method for determining the text of Scripture heavily relies upon understanding the text that has been received by Christians, which is commonly called “exposure”. The text of Scripture is that which has been exposed to the people of God throughout the ages. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hearContinue reading “Providential Exposure as it Relates to Preservation”