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. […]
Textual Criticism does not equal Providential Preservation.
In his latest Dividing Line, Mr. White calls the non-CT views among other things “dangerous, counter-productive, non-confessional, ahistorical and indefensible.” Now Mr. White holds to the mid-20th century view of Restorationist Textual Criticism. Actual textual critics like Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. D. C. Parker have long abandoned Mr. White’s naive view that textual criticism can “recover and restore” the autographic text. Mr. White over the past year has […]