Tuesday, August 20, 2013
New Word Magazine (8.20.13): The White-Ehrman Debate and the Text of Scripture
I posted a new Word Magazine today that offers a review of part of the rebuttal segment from apologist James White's debate with Bart Ehrman on the the reliability of the NT text ("Does the Bible Misquote Jesus?"). Though I'm sympathetic with White's efforts to affirm the reliability of the NT, I argue that he and Ehrman are actually more alike than different in that they both embrace the modern critical text rather than the traditional text. You can listen to the entire White-Ehrman debate here on youtube.com. At the close, I shared this quote from Theodore Letis's The Ecclesiastical Text:
"Science never has come to the rescue of the Faith. Criticism certainly has its own indispensable place in the Academy, but to view it as an auxiliary support in defense of Christianity’s truth claims is to give it expectations outwith its intended design. It would be like asking a physician performing a post-mortem examination why he has spent all his time dissecting the corpse rather than resuscitating it. Resuscitation is not the goal of autopsy" (p. 73).