The New Testament Canon is a “Late” Doctrine: Which books were inspired by God?Gutenberg Bible on display at the New York Public Library (Joshua Keller, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons) BLOGS | JAN. 22, 2018 The New Testament Canon is a “Late” Doctrine Which books were inspired by God? The answer to this question is not found in the Bible itself. It necessarily has to appeal to Catholic tradition. By Dave Armstrong
Protestants disbelieve “late-developing” Catholic doctrines, yet the New Testament canon is of the same nature.
Protestant apologists can make an argument that the concept of biblical books is biblical. But they can’t make a rational biblical argument for numbering the New Testament books at 27.
The essence of the biblical books is that they are all inspired. But determining exactly which and how many books possess this characteristic, and why, is another matter entirely. And it itself is not a biblical argument. It necessarily has to appeal to Christian (Catholic) tradition.