About Paul J. Barth

Paul J. Barth is a confessional Presbyterian who holds to the original (1646) Westminster Standards. He is an Air Force veteran and currently an undergraduate Geography student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he lives with his wife and two kids. Paul is not an ordained minister and offers his views as a private person.

Five Considerations About Arguments Based on Stylistic Differences

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Categories: Pericope de Adulterae, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

How should we think about arguments against the traditional human authorship of a certain passage or book of Scripture based on style and word choice, such as this one by Bart Ehrman: “its writing style is very different from what we find in the rest of John (including the stories immediately before and after); and it includes a large number of words and phrases that are otherwise alien to the Gospel” (Misquoting Jesus, […]

Four Reasons to Reject the Floating Tradition Argument Against the Pericope Adulterae

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Categories: Home Page Slider, Pericope de Adulterae, Post Slider on Main Page, Textual Criticism|Tags: , |

The “floating tradition” argument against the authenticity of the Pericope Adulterae (PA), John 7:53-8:11, is summarized well by Bruce Metzger in 1964, “The pericope is obviously a piece of floating tradition which circulated in certain parts of the Western Church. It was subsequently inserted into various manuscripts at various places” (Text Of The New Testament, pg. 320). The argument attempts to capitalize on the fact that the woman caught in adultery […]

The Apostles and Prophets: Secretaries of the Holy Ghost

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:40+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Categories: Confessional Textual View, Home Page Slider, Inspiration, Organic Inspiration, Post Slider on Main Page, Reformed Inspiration|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“The Scripture is the Word of God written in a language fit for the Church by men immediately called to be the Clerkes, or Secretaries of the Holy Ghost, 2 Peter 1:21: ‘For prophecie came not in old time by the will of man, but the holy men of God spake as they were carried and mooved by the holy Ghost.‘”

William Perkins, Works, 2:647.

Orthodox Christians all affirm that every word of Scripture has been completely […]

Response to James White on Augustine and the Pericope Adulterae

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:41+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: Critical Text Onlyism, history, Pericope de Adulterae, Textual Criticism|Tags: , , , |

This post is in response to a few claims made in the video, Dr. White Answers Critics on Apologia TV, which James White recorded after our argument in the Reformed Pub Facebook group about the Pericope Adulterae, the passage about the woman caught in adultery (John 7:53-8:11). First, I’d like to express my utmost […]

William Whitaker on Augustine’s View of the Apocrypha

By | 2016-11-03T19:41:41+00:00 March 29th, 2016|Categories: history|Tags: , , , , , |

We allow that the council of Carthage, and Gelasius with his seventy bishops, and Innocent, and Augustine, and Isidore call these books canonical. But the question is, in what sense they called them canonical. Now, we deny that their meaning was to make these books, of which we now speak, of equal authority with those which are canonical in the strict sense; and the truth of this we will prove from antiquity, from Augustine, and […]