Bill Mounce

For an Informed Love of God

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6. Digging deeper

In the previous chapter, I covered the basics of canonicity. In this chapter, we’ll dig a little deeper to look at some of the more difficult questions related to this topic.

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Discussion questions

  1. Is the canon “closed”? When was it closed? Can new books be added to it?
  2. What role did the church fathers play in determining the canon?
  3. What is the “core of the canon”? How did this core help determine whether other books were accepted?
  4. How would you respond to someone saying that there were many different theologies, and the canon we have today is just the result of which theology won?
  5. Why are apocryphal writings not considered to be authoritative?