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”

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”

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”

1 John 5:7 and Modern Criticism

Introduction The Comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7) is a sticking point for many people when it comes to believing the claims of those who advocate for the Received Text of the Reformation, who say that the TR is the providentially preserved and vindicated text of Holy Scripture. More importantly, this variant, above all others, demonstratesContinue reading “1 John 5:7 and Modern Criticism”

Six Reasons Why I Do Not Want a Revised KJV

Introduction I am in the camp of Christians who believe that Bibles should be translated into every vulgar tongue from the Hebrew Masoretic and Greek Received Text of the Reformation. I have not always been so particular over which Hebrew and Greek texts I prefer my Bibles to be translated from, however. Over the yearsContinue reading “Six Reasons Why I Do Not Want a Revised KJV”