The King James Version Defended

A Review of the Book by Edward Hills

Dr. Edward Hills’ book, The King James Version Defended, is the perfect companion to Touch Not the Unclean Thing: Issues in Biblical Separation and Textual Reliability by Dr. David Sorenson.

Dr. Hills begins his book by methodically and carefully explaining how God has revealed Himself throughout human history, through nature, through the Old Testament Scriptures, and through the Gospels themselves. He delineates for us a perfect picture of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Dr. Hills continues with a short history of unbelief, from the very beginnings of hedonism through Greek philosophy, Eastern mysticism, and the early church. This section of the book reveals a startling connection between unbelief and the Bible version debate.

He continues to track the history of unbelief through church history in the papal religion, through the Protestant Reformation, and finally through modern day philosophies. It is at this point that Dr. Hills makes the clear and valuable connection between the history of unbelief and critical philosophy in textual criticism through Immanuel Kant’s philosophy. Hills continued his history of modernism by explaining the historical significance of liberalism and modernism entering into the church over the last one hundred years. He makes a very clear correlation between modernistic theology and the lack of belief in the inspiration and preservation of Scripture which would naturally lead toward textual criticism.

When Hills finally arrives at his main point, the Traditional New Testament Text, we see his clear defense of the Traditional Text from the perspective of a Bible believer who is not involved with liberalism, modernism, or historical unbelief of any kind.

The very clear outlined historical nature of Dr. Hills’ book, as well as a step by step understanding of the issue, make this an extremely beneficial volume for any Bible student’s library. Dr. Hills very clearly outlines preservation and inspiration from a purely historical viewpoint, yet he does not neglect the biblical perspective. It is obvious upon reading this book that Dr. David Sorenson relied heavily upon Hills’ research; therefore, I believe this is a perfect complementary resource to Dr. Sorenson’s book Touch Not the Unclean Thing.

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