A Theological Grounding for a Standard Sacred Text

Our third volume in the Standard Sacred Text series is now available on Amazon. In this volume we leverage our work to this point in order to offer a robust historical, exegetical, and theological position in favor of holding to a standard sacred text and particularly the Authorized Version.

In the first chapter we discuss the nature of first principles and particularly epistemic first principles as commonly understood by our Reformation era forefathers. In the second chapter we discuss the role of the first-century apostles and the Apostolic Message in founding and disseminating the Scriptures.

In the third chapter we deal with the weaknesses of merely historical criteria and particularly how our Reformation era forefathers recognized these external historical criteria while at the same time rejecting them as the primary ground and foundation of how the Christian knows the Scripture is the word of God.

In chapter four we pivot to a thorough discussion on the role of the Holy Spirit in the formulation of the Canon by drawing on the works of Calvin, Ursinus, Bucanus, Owen, and Venn. In the fifth chapter we begin our discussion on the nature of inspiration and particularly the nature and implication of immediate inspiration.

Chapter six constitutes the discussion of inspiration in observing a strong link between inspiration and preservation. Particular to this chapter is the treatment of the theological term “providential preservation,” what that term means, and its application to the apographa by making use of the thought and work of Whitaker, Willet, Owen, and Turretin.

In chapter seven we discuss the distinction between immediate inspiration and derivative inspiration recognizing the Scripture as the Viva Vox Dei – the living voice of God. In chapter eight we offer a mechanism whereby the Christian can understand how the Church over the centuries has been able to move from one text to another without doing violence to his/her belief nor to the beliefs of prior generations of Christians.

Finally, in chapter nine we offer a couple dozen or so arguments, both positive and negative, which favor the King James Version as being the standard sacred text of the English-speaking Church. Each argument is brief in part because of the arguments we have heretofore offered in A Philosophical Grounding for a Standard Sacred Text and An Exegetical Grounding for a Standard Sacred Text.

Two final points:

1.) For those who disagree with our work or our conclusions we would love to discuss those things with you in person, on the phone, or online. If we must debate, then we are ready and willing but we much prefer to have a cordial and professional discussion of the issues over a cup of coffee and a piece of pie.

2.) For those who agree with our work and our conclusions you can help immensely by sharing our material with others whether in your own arguments or by pointing them to this blog. I have great confidence that together we can present a belief in the Bible that will change the world.

Thank you.

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