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”

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”

John 7:53-8:11 is Scripture

Introduction John 7:53-8:11, called the Pericope Adulterae, is an excellent example of how the determinations of textual scholars can directly impact the people of God. This passage in particular is also a perfect text to demonstrate how textual interpretation can spoil the people of God with misinformation. I was young in my faith the firstContinue reading “John 7:53-8:11 is Scripture”

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”

Textual Traditionalism, TR Onlyism, and KJV Onlyism

Introduction The use of pejoratives in debate is a time tested tactic that works. I imagine that is why people use them. In the case of the Textual Discussion, many employ pejoratives to associate adherence to a particular Greek and Hebrew text with positions that have negative connotations. This has been effective in steering peopleContinue reading “Textual Traditionalism, TR Onlyism, and KJV Onlyism”

Revisiting the Fatal Flaw Argument Against the Traditional Text

Introduction One of the primary purposes of this blog is to give people confidence that the Bible they read is God’s inspired Word. Attacks on the Bible of the Protestant Reformation often send people into a spiral of doubt and can damage one’s faith in approaching, reading, praying over, and meditating upon the Holy Scriptures.Continue reading “Revisiting the Fatal Flaw Argument Against the Traditional Text”

Putting the Conversation in Perspective

Introduction It may be difficult for many people to see the relevance of the textual discussion. This is often because it is rare that a positive case is made for the modern critical text.The majority of exposure people get to this conversation from a modern critical text position are simply polemics and a healthy doseContinue reading “Putting the Conversation in Perspective”

No, Beza Was Not Doing Modern Text-Criticism

Introduction There is a lot of confusion over what exactly text-criticism is, and what it means to engage in it. Many people, due mostly to meaningless assertions made online, genuinely believe that the modern effort of textual scholarship equals the scholarship during the Reformation period. Many people say that because Beza and Stephanus did text-criticism,Continue reading “No, Beza Was Not Doing Modern Text-Criticism”

The Confessional Text Position is Not “Anachronistic” – It’s Reformed

Introduction In light of the recent discussion on various text platforms and textual scholarship, a great effort has been made to conflate the modern view of Scripture with the historic, protestant view of the Holy Scriptures. One of the great benefits of dividing the conversation into the three categories of Textual Methodology, Text Platform, andContinue reading “The Confessional Text Position is Not “Anachronistic” – It’s Reformed”

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.”