Martin Luther, the "Edward Scissor-Hands" of the Canon
More ink has been spilled and digital writing on LCD screens over the determination of the canon than most other issues dividing Protestants and Catholics. Renee has a post here which truly explains the determination of the canon using history, logic and many Protestant sources.
My first take home lesson is this: Saint Jerome is often quoted by our Protestant friends intending to prove that deuterocanonicals were not scripture, yet his opinion was refuted by popes, and several Church councils multiple times, centuries before Luther decided to rip 7 books from the Holy Bible.
One more time folks: Catholics didn't add books to the Bible, Luther took them out!
Don't believe it yet?
Ok, go online then and see the digital copies of Gutenberg's first bible in 1454. Please note that the 7 books that our Protestant friends insist that Catholics added at the Council of Trent were already there half a century before Dr. Luther took it upon himself alone to determine the canon of scripture.
If Dr. Luther had his way, there would be a lot less books in the Protestant bible than just the 7 deuterocanonicals.
- You would not have Revelation: "It makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic…I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it." "Snip"
- You would be missing the letter to the Hebrews: "In the first place, the fact that Hebrews is not an epistle of St. Paul, or of any other apostle" (Luther, M. Prefaces to the Epistle of the Hebrews, 1546). "It need not surprise one to find here bits of wood, hay, and straw" ( O Hare) "Snip"
- You would not have the Epistle of James which clearly states we are not saved by faith alone. "St. James' epistle is really an epistle of straw…for it has nothing of the nature of the gospel about it" (Luther, M. Preface to the New Testament, 1546). "Snip"
- You would be missing the Epistle of Jude: "... it is an epistle that need not be counted among the chief books which are supposed to lay the foundations of faith" (Luther, M. Preface to the Epistles of St. James and St. Jude, 1546). "Snip"
- You would not have the books of Moses, the Penteteuch: "We have no wish either to see or hear Moses." "Snip"