Monday, August 26, 2013
Letis on the "Majority Text" as restorationist rather than preservationist
Here’s another interesting excerpt from T. P. Letis’ The Ecclesiastical Text (pp. 81-82, n. 16) in which he addresses the proponents of the “Majority Text” position (once prominent among the faculty of Dallas Seminary which were instrumental in producing the NKJV). Letis argues that this approach is, in the end, still restorationist as opposed to preservationist:
Theoretically there is absolutely no difference between Warfield’s project and that of the so-called “Majority Text Society.” Both were/are still in a quest to restore a text that has been lost; both work(ed) from a primitive, restorationist principle, rather than a catholic preservationist principle; and neither has, or had, an ecclesiology that can (or could) account for the role the Church has played in configuring as well as canonizing and transmitting the text of Scripture. The Dallas fundamentalists rallying around the Byzantine text do so because it is the “majority” text without ever engaging the reason why it is such, i.e., because it was actually the text used in catholic ecclesiastical practice. Hence, one can only make sense of its majority status by acknowledging its Ecclesiastical status, which explains why it is in the majority.