Can the New Testament Canon Be Defended?

Michael Kruger, professor of New Testament and academic dean at RTS-Charlotte, has recently published a book entitled Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books. At Reformation 21, Derek Thomas interviews Kruger regarding his book and the Christian’s defense of the authenticity of the canon in this postmodern world. Notes Kruger:

We assume that postmoderns object to the canon on the grounds that the canon is false (what we might call a de facto objection). But, that is actually more of a modernist objection. In contrast, the postmodernist objects to the belief in canon on the grounds that there is no basis for knowing, regardless of whether it is true or false (what we might call the de jure objection). In other words, when it comes to the Christian belief in canon, the big complaint of the postmodernist is “How could you ever really know such a thing? Given all the disagreements and chaos in early Christianity, it would be arrogant to claim your books are the right ones.” Thus, the postmodern concern has to do with the grounds for our belief in canon. This postmodern question, I believe, is the biggest question for Christians today, and that is why I decided to focus on it in my book.

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