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The Doctrine Relating to Canon – Method of Faith – 2

By |2018-05-17T07:56:24+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: The Canon, The Canon 2 Parts by Louis Gaussen|Tags: |

CHAPTER II

OBJECTIONS TO THE METHOD OF SCIENCE.

410. This method of science, which can render such valuable service to the cause of God as long as it is not allowed to pass the limits of its legitimate use, is, nevertheless, exposed to grave objections, when persons are disposed to follow it without, at the same time, making use of the method of faith.

Section First,
Its Novelty.

411. An […]

The Doctrine Relating to Canon – Method of Faith

By |2018-05-17T07:52:14+00:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: The Canon, The Canon 2 Parts by Louis Gaussen|Tags: |

The Doctrine Relating to Canon

THE METHOD OF FAITH

by Louis Gaussen

401. We are come to what, after all, forms the surest foundation of our confidence relative to the entire collection of the Scriptures.

But it will be necessary, before entering on this important subject, to premise two observations.

The first is, that our inquiry is no longer confined to the New Testament. Henceforward we shall treat of the entire canon.

In the second […]

Matthew 2:11 & WCF 1.8

By |2018-02-05T14:38:29+00:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Confessional Textual View|

As the Confessional Bibliology Facebook Group is a confessional group affirming the original intent of WCF/2LBCF 1.8 we have the following in our pinned post from Dr. Garnet Milne’s Has the Bible Been Kept Pure in All Ages?

A preserved purity

Finally, the divines also write of a preserved purity in their chapter on Scripture: WCF 1: 8. Like the purity ascribed to worship and the ordinances, this purity has no qualifier. Whereas God is […]

Why New Testament Textual Criticism Can Never Arrive at Truth

By |2018-02-08T08:26:14+00:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Restorationist Textual Criticism|

RTC as a Thought Experiment

 

So let’s pretend we have completed such an experiment. We begin our experiment by printing off a copy of the book of Matthew. This printed copy (autograph) is then given to 10 people to copy by hand. Each of their 10 copies are given to 10 more people to copy. Each of these 100 copies is now given to another 10 people to copy. And each of these 1000 […]

William Whitaker on the Canon – Part 2

By |2018-01-22T20:49:25+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: The Canon, William Whitaker|Tags: , , |

CHAPTER IV.
WHEREIN THE ARGUMENT OF THE ADVERSARIES IS PROPOSED AND CONFUTED.

Having now premised a brief explanation of these matters, we will come to the discussion of the cause and question proposed. And first, we shall have to treat of the six entire books, Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, and the two books of Maccabees, all together; and then, of those several books taken separately, as likewise of those fragments and parts of books, Esther, […]

William Whitaker on the Canon – Part 1

By |2018-01-22T19:36:44+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: The Canon, William Whitaker|Tags: , , |

THE FIRST CONTROVERSY.
QUESTION I.
CHAPTER I.
WHEREIN THIS WHOLE CONTROVERSY IS DISTRIBUTED INTO ITS PARTICULAR QUESTIONS.

We will lay the foundation of this controvery in those words of Christ which are to be found in the fifth chapter of St John’s Gospel at the thirty-ninth verse: Ερευνατε τας γραφας; Search the Scriptures. Christ had been commended to the Jews by the testimony of John the Baptist. That testimony was most true and honourable; and could not […]

The Doctrine Relating to Canon – Part 1

By |2018-01-21T22:45:54+00:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: The Canon|Tags: |

THE DOCTRINE RELATING TO THE CANON.

The doctrine which concerns the canon of Scripture is this that God himself has made Himself its guarantee, that His almighty providence is engaged for the preservation of this sacred deposit, that He has guarded, now guards, and will guard it, till heaven and earth have passed away. In more precise terms, it is, that God, by a secret and perpetual agency, watches over His written “Word, because He watches […]

Kruger, White, & Lovecraft Walk Into a Bar

By |2018-02-14T08:12:53+00:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: Longer Ending of Mark, Pericope de Adulterae, The Canon|Tags: , , , |

Kruger, White, & Lovecraft Walk Into a Bar

At the recent G3 conference in Georgia, Dr. Michael Kruger & Mr. James White had a discussion on the Doctrine of the Canon*. The first part of the discussion was actually quite profitable, apart from Mr. White attempting to make it all about him. During the first part, both stated unequivocally that we must appeal to Scripture to inform us about how we are to authenticate the books […]

Robert Rollock – Whether the Scripture be the Word of God

By |2018-01-21T20:41:38+00:00January 21st, 2018|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Doctrine of Scripture|Tags: |

THE NUMBER OF THE CONTROVERSIES WHICH ARE CONCERNING THE WRITTEN WORD : AND OF THE FIRST CONTROVERSY, WHETHER THE SCRIPTURE BE THE WORD OF GOD.

There be two kinds of controversies concerning the holy Scripture. The first kind is of such controversies as be more essential, that is, which concern the very essence (if I may so speak) or being of the Scripture. The second kind is of those controversies which be more accidental, and do […]

James White, Inconsistency, & Lying

By |2018-03-10T21:27:50+00:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: James White|Tags: , , |

James White, Inconsistency, & Lying

##UPDATE#1 (26DEC2017):  Mr. White has on his FB page challenged my assertion of his conclusion in the video.  I’ll be listening to the podcast again and will more explicitly lay out either why the 4th point is valid or if I feel he is correct and I have gone too far, I will amend point 4.  For now, I’ll add this, Mr. White has stated that we shouldn’t build […]

Are You a KJVO?

By |2017-10-30T16:34:42+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Confessional Textual View|Tags: , , , |

From time to time as one who holds to the Confessional (Biblical) Textual View you will be asked, Are You a KJVO?  The very asking of this question when we are arguing not about a translation, but about which Greek & Hebrew texts the Scripture itself identifies as authentic shows a problem in the way the subject is approached.  The first thing that should be done is to properly define the term.

What is […]

Providentially Preserved?

By |2018-01-14T23:51:34+00:00October 12th, 2017|Categories: Providential Preservation, Reformers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Within Christendom there are two opposing views concerning the intent of the phrase by His [God’s] singular care and providence, [the Scriptures are] kept pure in all ages.  Does it refer to a generic preservation that doesn’t guarantee textual purity throughout the historic life of God’s people, the Church?  And does it require the Church to turn to atheists, theological liberals, and papists to provide us with our Scripture?  Or does it refer to something more. […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.7

By |2017-10-12T00:24:51+00:00October 12th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. VII.

Of the Manuscript of Berlin.

‘Tis here no longer that same Mr. Emlyn, who has been silent with regard to the Manuscripts mention’d in the Preface to the Louvain doctors, and that which F. Amelette affirm’d he saw at Rome; ’tis quite another thing when we come to the Manuscript of Berlin. Mr. Emlyn has here outdone himself; he is in ecstasies and triumph. Yet it costs him somewhat dear; an acknowledgment […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.6

By |2017-10-11T23:31:08+00:00October 11th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. VI.

A Defence of the Manuscripts of Robert Stephens against certain Manuscripts produced from the Library of the King of France, which are pretended to be the same that Stephens used in his Editions.

THE proof which all those who have wrote before me upon this subject have drawn from the Editions of Robert Stephens, and which I have us’d after ’em, for the authentickness of the Text […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.5

By |2017-10-06T04:39:13+00:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. V.

Of the obelus plac’d in the middle of the 7th Verse, There are three in heaven, &c. of the Manuscripts mention’d by the Divines of Louvain, and of that which F. Amelotte says he saw at Rome.

WE have seen that among the Manuscripts of Robert Stephens there were found seven, in which the passage of St. John was not entire, for they wanted these words εν τω ουρανω i.e. in […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.4

By |2017-10-12T15:57:24+00:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, David Martin|

Of Robert Stephen’s Manuscripts

WE have seen in the foregoing Chapter the extreme perplexity in which Mr. Simon arid Mr. Emlyn are found with reference to the Manuscripts of Complutum and Erasmus; they could not extricate themselves but by denying that the passage of St. John was in any of these Manuscripts. The difficulty is considerably augmented by the Manuscripts of Robert Stephens: but here again ’tis the same refuge; they have no other; […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.3

By |2017-10-05T18:32:18+00:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. III.

The passage of St. John proved to be genuine from the Greek Manuscripts with some particular considerations upon the Manuscripts of Laurentius Valla, upon that of Complutum, and that of England or the Codex Britannicus.

IT would be very surprizing that two of the three parts of the Christian World, namely, Europe and Africk, should have constantly had in St. John’s Epistle the Text which speaks of the Father, the Son, […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.2

By |2017-10-05T17:43:42+00:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. II.

Of the first Greek Editions, in which the Text of the three witnesses in heaven is read, and of those in which this Text is not inserted.

Before I come to speak of the Greek Manuscripts which serve to defend the truth of the passage of St. John, I think it will not be amiss to make some observations upon the first Greek Editions of the New Testament with relation to […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 2.1

By |2017-10-05T17:33:43+00:00October 5th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

PART the SECOND.

In which, the passage of St. John’s Epistle, There are three in heaven, &c. is prov’d to be genuine from the Greek Copies, and the use of the Greek Church.

CHAP. I.

That the two ancient Latin Versions, the Italick and the Vulgate of St. Jerom, are a proof that the disputed passage was in the Greek Copies.

THE Italick Version being the most ancient […]

Essay on the Right Estimation of MSS Evidence 1.0

By |2017-09-29T05:31:48+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Textual Criticism, Thomas Rawson Birks|

Essay on the Right Estimation of MSS Evidence

Preface & Introduction

The present attempt to revise and improve our English Bible is mixed up inseparably with a further question, What is the true original Text of the New Testament, on which any such revision has to be based? It seems unfortunate that this more important question should be raised informally and indirectly in the course of an attempt to improve our English version, […]

THE GREEK TEXT OF WESTCOTT AND HORT.

By |2017-09-29T05:04:42+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: C. H. Waller, Textual Criticism|

THE GREEK TEXT OF WESTCOTT AND HORT.

THE CASE OF THE CONSERVATIVES.

I HAVE been requested to state briefly and in as popular a form as the subject will admit, the case of the Conservatives against the Greek Text of the New Testament put forth by Professors Westcott and Hort, the case for them having been already presented in this journal. That we have sufficient ground for complaint, is clear from the following […]

The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism by A.E. Housman

By |2017-09-29T03:16:09+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: A. E. Housman, Textual Criticism|

Taken from Proceedings of the Classical Association, Vol XVIII, August 1921

In beginning to speak about the application of thought to textual criticism, I do not intend to define the term thought, because I hope that the sense which I attach to the word will emerge from what I say. But it is necessary at the outset to define textual criticism, because many people, and even some people who profess to teach it to others, do […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.10

By |2017-09-29T05:11:23+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. X.

What judgment must be passed upon the Latin of the Vulgate of St. Jerom, which have not the Text of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

WERE we so happy as to have the Manuscripts of the Bible which had pass’d under St. Jerom’s eyes, or only the Manuscripts which had been made very near the time that ancient Clergyman was upon his revise, we might clear up very […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.9

By |2017-09-29T05:11:54+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

CHAP. IX.

That the Text of the three witnesses, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one, was always in St. Jerom’s Version.

MR. Emlyn does not deny but this Text has been in the Manuscripts of the Latin Bibles since the time of Charles the Great, who liv’d at the close of the eighth Century; the testimonies I have produc’d have not left him the least room […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.8

By |2017-09-29T05:12:20+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin|

C H A P. VIII.

Of the judgment St. Jerom has made of this Text, in his Prologue to the seven Catholick Epistles

‘Tis impossible but that St. Jerom must have seen in the Italick Version a Text which Tertullian and St. Cyprian had read there before him, and which all the world had seen there as well as they, and which the great numbers of Bishops who liv’d in the fame age with […]

Treatise of the Holy Scriptures by John Jewel part 2

By |2017-09-29T01:39:46+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, John Jewel|Tags: |

The Authority of the Fathers

But what say we of the fathers, Augustine, Ambrose, Hierome, Cyprian, &c.?  What shall we think of them, or what account may we make of them? They be interpreters of the word of God. They were learned men, and learned fathers; the instruments of the mercy of God, and vessels full of grace. We despise them not, we read them, we reverence them, and give thanks unto God for […]

Treatise of the Holy Scriptures by John Jewel part 1

By |2017-09-29T01:40:31+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Doctrine of Scripture, John Jewel|Tags: |

TREATISE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, GATHERED OUT OF CERTAIN SERMONS, WHICH THE REVEREND FATHER IN GOD, BISHOP JEWEL, PREACHED AT SARISBURY, ANNO DOMINI 1570.

Among all his creatures in heaven or earth God hath not made any like unto the sun in the firmament, the beams whereof are beautiful and pleasant, and do give comfort in all places to all things. It rejoiceth the whole, and relieveth the sick : it causeth birds to […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.7

By |2017-09-29T05:10:59+00:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|

C H A P. VII.

Other quotations of the Italick Verston in favour of the passage in St. John’s Epistle, taken from two ancient Tracts, ascrib’d to St. Fulgentius.

ST. Fulgentius, Bishop of Ruspe in Africk, liv’d in those sorrowful times, when Arianism was upon the throne, and true Christianity very much persecuted. I have set down in my Dissertation two passages where this holy Bishop makes mention of the passage of St. […]

The Genuineness of 1 John 5.7 by David Martin 1.6

By |2017-09-29T05:10:28+00:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, David Martin, Preservationist Textual Criticism|

CHAP. VI.

Containing some new reflexions upon the Profession of faith, which was presented to Huneric by the African Bishops.

IN speaking of Vigilius Bishop of Tapsum, and the frequent quotations he has made of the passage of St. John, I have had occasion to place with him the three or four hundred Bishops, who had inserted this triumphant Text into their Profession of faith; I have quoted in my Dissertation, and in the Examination […]

The Doctrinal Various Readings of the New Testament Greek

By |2017-09-27T15:32:14+00:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: Comma Johanneum, Confessional Textual View, Textual Myths|Tags: , , , , |

Taken from R. L. Dabney’s Discussions p.350

THE magnificent work whose name stands last in this list may be said to complete a marked stage in the progress, or at least in the rotation, of the art of biblical criticism. It very properly suggests, not only some inquiry into the value and authority of the Sinai manuscript introduced to the learned world by Dr. Constantine Tischendorf, but a review and comparison of the present and […]

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