The Modern Critical Text(s) and Inerrancy

Introduction In the new year, I have written a handful of articles demonstrating why the modern critical text should not be used.  It was conceived in 1881 by rule-breaking (Link) The reconstruction effort is not  justified (Link) It is a new text that does not stand in the “classic mainstream” of Tyndale, and therefore theContinue reading “The Modern Critical Text(s) and Inerrancy”

Are Christians Justified in Adopting the Modern Critical Text?

Introduction In my latest series of articles, I have questioned the validity of the “revision” effort of the 1800’s, which has evolved into a full blown reconstruction effort. Since then, scholars have produced Greek text after Greek text, applied methodology after methodology, all to no avail. Those that align with the axioms of modern textualContinue reading “Are Christians Justified in Adopting the Modern Critical Text?”

Is the Reconstructionist Effort Justified?

Introduction  It has been about 140 years since the reconstruction efforts began on the text of the New Testament, if we use 1881, the year Westcott and Hort’s new Greek text was published as a starting point. The Traditional Text of Scripture had been well under attack before that point, but this was the firstContinue reading “Is the Reconstructionist Effort Justified?”

Reconstructionists, The Burden of Proof is On You

Introduction A common refrain in the text-criticism discussion is the appeal to “the burden of proof.” The burden of proof is on those who advocate for the traditional text to demonstrate that the readings within the text are original. This appeal is a simple misdirect that should not fool any sound thinking Christian. In makingContinue reading “Reconstructionists, The Burden of Proof is On You”

Going Back to the Start

Introduction There are approximately 450 Bible translations in English, each one unique. The most popular of these include the NIV, KJV, NLT, ESV, NKJV, NASB, and CSB. All of these utilize different translation methodologies, and all of these are either revisions from earlier translations, or follow the translational choices of previous translations. Among conservatives, theContinue reading “Going Back to the Start”

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.”

Common Sense Arguments Against the Modern Critical Text

Introduction It is easy to get bogged down in conversations about textual variants, manuscripts, and elusive terminology when it comes to any talk about Textual Criticism. These types of conversations prevent the average Christian from entering into the discussion, and so it is common to just side with a favorite pastor or scholar. Fortunately, theContinue reading “Common Sense Arguments Against the Modern Critical Text”

Yes, Doctrine Is Affected

Introduction  Many Christians have become disarmed by the claim that there are no doctrinal differences between the Reformation Era and modern era texts of the New Testament. This may sound comforting, but it does not accurately represent the reality that doctrine is affected, and will continue to be affected as changes are made in furtherContinue reading “Yes, Doctrine Is Affected”

Evaluating the Modern Claim of Better Data

Introduction It is often said that modern textual scholars know more than any other scholar in history because of new data and fresh methodologies. This is somewhat perplexing, because one would expect that the New Testament manuscript data available today would actually be less abundant due to the fact that hand copying ceased somewhere aroundContinue reading “Evaluating the Modern Claim of Better Data”