Moderator at the late Text & Canon conference, clipped about an hour into yesterday’s Dividing Line:

When the Biblical text was being constructed (I believe this is the TR): by what authority were some manuscripts accepted and other manuscripts rejected?

Robert Truelove:

By the good providence of God.

You cannot use historical-based arguments to defend the TR’s reading of Ephesians 3:9, because such arguments don’t exist. All you’re left with, if you support the TR, is that its reading in Ephesians 3:9 came “by the good providence of God.” You could use this answer, of course, to justify any text, including the NA28.

The difference is that you don’t have to resort to this kind of non-answer with the NA28. That’s the dividing line between these two positions. One has the currency of the facts on its side. The other has nothing but a mystical view of God’s providence that arbitrarily applies to the humanist textual critics of the 16th century but not to the humanist textual critics of the 21st century. Because this side is bankrupt, it has to resort to snark, sneer, sarcasm, slander, misrepresentation of straw man arguments, and emotional-based appeals built on false traditions. This Text & Canon conference took things to a low that I was not expecting. I’m disappointed, and grieved. My heart especially goes out to the poor Christians in the pews listening to this propaganda. They have an up-hill battle if they’re ever going to come out of this. The resources exist for this to happen, but they’re going to have to take the initiative.