Biblical Inspiration - Textual Variants and Their Impact on the Bible
When it comes to biblical inspiration, Bart Ehrman’s well-written piece on textual criticism grossly overstates the negative impact of textual variants on the integrity of the New Testament. His conclusion (direct and implied) is that “numerous” textual variants must equal “numerous” problems with the core doctrines of the Christian faith.
At the end of the book, Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman summarizes his findings as follows:
Biblical Inspiration - My Simple Conclusion
Bart Ehrman has introduced the pop culture to the same lines of text that NT scholars (yes, even evangelical ones) have been footnoting as problematic/inauthentic for years. These same scholars have also agreed for years that these textual variations/additions affect no key doctrines of the Christian faith. Remarkably, it’s the discipline of “textual criticism” that has allowed scholars to identify and correct these variants and corruptions in the first place. Indeed, “textual criticism” over the last hundred years has given us the best, most trustworthy, Bible translations ever!
As I see it, Ehrman (and his publisher) have delivered a book in the genre of The Da Vinci Code.