Intro lecture to the Canon, by Dr. Michael Kruger, Phd.

The Intro lecture that Dr. Michael Kruger gave to “The Canon”, is very helpful and a great start to a course that has been really needed for all Christians.

An interesting background to this is that Michael Kruger was a student of Bart Ehrman and so what he learned from him motivated him to study the issues deeper and refute him.  Yes!  Kruger refutes Ehrman quite well.

His analysis of Walter Bauer and the influence that Bauer has had on liberal theology in this century – his theory that early Christianity was a diversity of Christianities of equal validity (Montanists, Gnostics, Marcion, Ebionites, Sabellians, Arians, etc. ; and the subtle jump that liberals and skeptics make and think “diversity means that no one knows which view is right” and “the winners of theological wars got to pick which canon of Scripture would win”, etc.   Bauer’s theory has had massive influence on “The Jesus Seminar” (John D. Crossan, Marcus Borg, Robert Funk, many other liberals, “5 Gospels” book that includes “The Gospel of Thomas”), Bart Ehrman, and Elaine Pagels and others who peddle various forms of the “DaVinci Code” type of propaganda and lies, is very helpful.

The whole course looks great.  Looking forward to working through it, as God allows me the time.

Kruger’s web-site / blog.  “Canon Fodder”

Kruger’s three excellent books that deal with these issues:

Canon Revisited.


The Heresy of Orthodoxy.  (Response to Walter Bauer’s theory)


The Question of Canon


About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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