Saturday, November 02, 2019
WM 136: Text and Canon Conference Follow Up
WM 136: Text and Canon Conference Follow Up is posted. Listen here.
A few follow ups to the 2019 Text and Canon Conference:
1. Thanks to Lily for her cartoon on the conference. She did a good job of picking up the distinctions between the TR, Majority, and Modern Critical text approaches.
2. It was a good conference. People came from Seattle, WA, Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan (at least 12 states). We also had folk there from Canada and one from the UK. There were RBs and Presbyterians and wider conservative evangelicals there (even a couple of Primitive Baptists and one Fundamental Baptist).
3. TBS was there: Bill Greendyke and Jonathan Arnold.
4. Eight messages were given by three speakers over two days. There was lots of fellowship, conversation, and networking. Great to meet people in person you’ve known online and humbling to meet people who follow the blog and WM podcast. Audio from lectures are already online at CRC’s sermonaudio.com site and will be posted later to youtube.com.
5. Thanks to the hospitality of CRC! They were great hosts. Atlanta was also a great meeting place for travel purposes, but, oh, the traffic!
6. One of the themes stressed was the fact that textual issues are canonical issues.
7. I tried to put my messages on the traditional text in a four-part framework: emergence, triumph, challenges, reaffirmation.
8. In the first two lectures I addressed four historical questions: (1) Is the NT text like other texts?; (2) How was the NT transmitted?; (3) How many early mss of the NT do we have?; (4) Why don’t we have very many?
9. My talks used a good bit of material that folks will know from my podcasts and previous writings. Newer emphases: (1) the care of the early transmission of the text; (2) the paucity of extant mss. evidence; (3) the limits of the reconstruction method.
10. At one point I made reference to text, apologetics, and Islam. Here is the specific reference to which I made ad hoc reference: Charles Marsh, The Challenge of Islam (Ark Publishing, 1980): 171.
11. I had copies available at the conference of a new books of my new book on the Doctrines of Grace and will soon also be publishing another book titled John Owen on Scripture.
12. I did a podcast Wednesday evening with Josh Gibbs of Kansas City’s “Talking Christianity” podcast. See this post.
13. The Agros guys have continued their furious writing pace this week. See Taylor’s Reformation Day article that contrasts the Warfieldian view with the classic Protestant Reformed view of text. See also Dane’s article on the Agros church blog site: “Is the Received Text Position Really a Minority Position?”
May the Lord continue to use this conference to influence and encourage, as we go forward.