Last week at the Birmingham Colloquium, the motivation for creating scribal variants was a recurrent theme. As far as I can remember, all the contributors managed to avoid the following two quotes (either in support or refutation), the first of which is more famous than the second. As our TC virtual-pub quiz for the week: Which scholars are responsible for the following two quotes?
i) 'It will not be out of place to add here a distinct expression of our belief that even among the numerous unquestionably spurious readings of the New Testament there are no signs of deliberate falsification of the text for dogmatic purposes.'
ii) 'The current enthusiasm for manuscript variations as contributions to the history of theology has no solid foundation.'