Just One Bible? Why I am NOT a King James Only Advocate! by Charles Craig Lantz, ThD, PhD
This book provides answers to those who claim that the King James Version is the only legitimate Word of God for English speaking people. This investigative work examines the allegations that the modern versions of the English Bible are aberrant, and that the translators had a conspiracy to corrupt the Scriptures to lead believers away from the Christian faith. This unique investigation is unlike any other apologetic for the Word of God, and will show the evidence that Christianity has an embarrassment of riches of ancient manuscript support. This book will help the reader to understand that since 1611 more manuscripts have been discovered to convince scholars that the early text of the New Testament is found in the Alexandrian text-type. This book will explore KJVO material that is replete with colossal illogical arguments of the indefensible King James Only position. The author has gone the extra mile to explore the background of the three main Greek New Testament Texts: the Textus Receptus, the Majority Text, and the Eclectic Text. The author is convinced that the rational conclusion is the “eclectic” approach to New Testament textual criticism in determining the IDENTITY OF THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
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“A Window into American Evangelicalism”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Malcolm D. Magee, ISCC
Craig Lantz is an old friend of mine. He asked me to look over this manuscript and give my opinion. While this subject is a bit out of my field of study, I can say that he has put a great degree of research into this work. It is a treasure trove of secondary sources for those who wish to do further research into what many might view as an arcane debate within American Evangelicalism. Craig takes his subject quite systematically, and argues the case point by point, ranging widely across history, and theology, to draw analogies to this current controversy. While the background research is based upon secondary sources, it does a very thorough job of synthesizing them into the argument. He also provides direct insight into the people and theologians who hold to the view that the King James Bible is the only inspired English version of the bible, and in a few radical instances, the only inspired version of the bible.
Craig situates his argument firmly from the perspective of American Evangelicalism, and thus this book substitutes as both an apologetic for some current Evangelical thought, and a polemic against its detractors. It contains the presuppositions of that strand of Christianity and is therefore an interesting artifact in its own right for those who would be interested in understanding populist American evangelical thinking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
I found the read to be enjoyable and would encourage any interested in these subjects to consider this a good starting source.
About the Author
Charles Craig Lantz is a passionate theologian. He has over 20 years of experience as a university campus evangelist and has been involved in several mission outreaches overseas to Europe to Ireland, Germany, England, Holland, Norway, as well as outreaches in South America to the Capital of Brazil, Rio De Janerio. Craig graduated from Western Michigan University in 1986, with a Bachelor of Science degree, upon graduation from WMU, he spent the next 17 years working full-time with the student body at Michigan State University (1987-2004) primarily as an evangelist/campus pastor. Having attained a Ph.D. as well as a Th.D., Craig has garnered majors in the disciplines of Science, Theology, Biblical Studies, and Religious Studies. Craig also has earned a Master of Business Administration degree, MBA (Concordia University) from a total of six institutions of higher learning. Craig is the father of three children, and is currently engaging in ongoing biblical research, the author of 16 books, and resides in Michigan, USA.
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