Monday, January 23, 2006
An ecumenical project ...
It seems to me that there is room for some strategic co-operation between textual critics from various historic Christian groupings beyond the confines of historic evangelicalism. While there is particular benefit to be derived from discussing textual criticism with those with whom one shares all significant elements of a doctrine of scripture (as well as soteriology), there is also benefit from co-operation with those who may not share all elements of our doctrine of scripture, but who, nevertheless, take a positive attitude towards the orthodoxy and the orthodox in the early church. At the moment there is arguably a lack of representation within the academy of positive perspectives on the integrity and truthfulness of early Christians. Would such co-operation between groupings committed to Trinitarian orthodoxy be beneficial in textual criticism, and, if so, how might it best take place? Do we need an 'orthodox textual criticism' blog alongside an 'evangelical textual criticism' blog? Who might get involved?