The Problem of a "Plastic Text": The Kloha Essay on "Text and Authority"

Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015

"Scripture is first and foremost God's divine, inerrant revelation to a fallen race; textual activity must operate ministerially, not magisterially, in relation to that fundamental perspective."
Since Bart Ehrman, textual critic and former evangelical, has been issuing his broadsides at the notion of biblical inerrancy, two kinds of response have appeared on the American theological scene. On the one hand, it has been correctly noted that Ehrman does not give the benefit of the doubt to the best textual readings of the New Testament (as one would do, following Aristotle, in treating Homer's writings or other ancient texts), and that he suffers from an egregious anti-supernatural bias. The other approach operates, in effect, with the tag "If ...

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