Presuppositional versus Evidential Approaches to Identifying the Word of God

“Diverting to the question of the text, there is one main difference between the presuppositional and evidential approaches, and this difference has a strong influence on the outcome. A presuppositional approach begins with the conviction that the word of God is in possession while the evidential approach begins with the conviction that the word of God must yet be found. The presuppositional approach, then, will naturally incline towards a text which is already established and accepted as self-attesting, whereas the evidential approach will naturally incline towards a text which requires the accumulation of evidence and a process of reasoning to prove it. The “approach” is fundamental to the “findings,” and already inclines one way or another before any variant reading comes to be handled.”

Comment #58, Rev. Matthew Winzer, Australian Free Church, Victoria, Australia

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