WHEN IS THE AGNOSTIC MORE HONEST THAN THE EVANGELICAL?
When he admits that Christology or the doctrine of Christ is impacted by variant readings in the New Testament Text. In the book depicted below Ehrman argues two things: 1) the doctrine of Christ is impacted by Textual variants and 2) orthodox believers were the ones who altered the text to bolster their belief in who Christ was. While I reject the second point, the first dispels the myth that it doesn’t matter which text or translation you use because they all teach the same doctrine. — with Jeffrey Newnum.
Good point and post.
George Vance Smith was on the Revision committee, had a very low Unitarian Christology and even seemed to be an Ebionite. He understood how helpful were the new variants (actually corruptions.)
Texts and margins of the revised New Testament affecting theological doctrine briefly reviewed (1881)
George Vance Smith (1816-1902)
1 Timothy 3:16
And I give some background here:
[W-V] George Vance Smith, revisionist, & the virgin birth
[TC-Alternate-list] Thurcaston, 1884: Doctrinal Nuances in the Revised Version
Anthony Collins (1876-1729) was an interesting precursor of Ehrman as well.