Inspiration: Now and Then

Introduction Today’s church has been flooded with new ideas that depart from the old paths of the Protestant Reformation. This is especially true when it comes to the doctrine of Scripture. It is common place to adhere to the doctrine of inerrancy in today’s conservative circles and beyond. While it is good that many ChristiansContinue reading “Inspiration: Now and Then”

Is the CBGM God’s Gift to the Church?

Introduction It is stated by some that the Coherence Based Genealogical Method is a blessing to the church, even gifted to the church by God way of God’s providence. I thought it would be helpful to examine this claim. Unfortunately, those who have made such statements regarding the Editio Critica Maior (ECM) and the CBGMContinue reading “Is the CBGM God’s Gift to the Church?”

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”

All Scripture is Profitable, Except When It’s Not

Introduction It is easy to look at the textual discussion from afar and fail to see the relevance. If this is just about a few textual variants and the difference between “thee” and “you”, what is even the point? I want to zoom out for a second, away from all of the text-critical jargon, andContinue reading “All Scripture is Profitable, Except When It’s Not”

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”

Textual Methodologies & Transmission Narratives

Introduction In this article, I describe the three distinct categories that exist within the context of the textual discussion. These categories are Textual Methodology, Text Platform, and Translation. A failure to properly recognize these categories as distinct will inevitably result in a worthless conversation wherein one person boldly enters a thread and declares everybody butContinue reading “Textual Methodologies & Transmission Narratives”

Textual Methodology, Text Platforms, and Translation

Introduction The conversation of textual criticism, which is properly called textual scholarship, has made its way to popular forums, Facebook threads, and even churches. Perhaps this has been the case for some time, but it seems that there has been a major uptick in people who have expressed interest in the topic. Oftentimes terminology muddlesContinue reading “Textual Methodology, Text Platforms, and Translation”

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.”

Count the Cost, Christian

A Sea of Doubt A component of critical thinking that has unfortunately been lost in the modern period is the ability to analyze the cost of making an argument. Few stop to consider what else must be true if the claim they are making is true. An argument does not exist in a vacuum, itContinue reading “Count the Cost, Christian”