How Do We Know We Have the Right Books?

Wednesday, 02 May 2007

We know which books are in the canon through the canon itself.
D. F. Strauss once declared that the question of how to authenticate the biblical canon was the "Achilles heel" of Reformed/Protestant Christianity. After all, when it comes to the New Testament, how do we know for sure that we have the right 27 books? Why not 26 books? Or 28? And if we cannot adequately answer this question about the canonical boundaries of the New Testament, then on what grounds could we ever appeal to the content of the New Testament? Certainly, there can be no New Testament theology if there is no such thing as a "New ...

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