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 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”

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”

If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn't Come Back

Introduction An important practice in the business world is determining the viability and impact of a project before investing resources into that project. It seems this is a wise analysis to consider for evangelical text-criticism.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficientContinue reading “If the Text-Critics Went to Lunch and Didn't Come Back”

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”

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”

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?”

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”

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?”