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CANON: Community Model

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Lesson

A canonical worldview is a set of beliefs as to what the canon is and how someone “knows” if a book is canonical or not.  There are three models. According to the community model, a book becomes canonical upon its reception by the community.

Outline

I. “CANONICAL MODEL” DEFINED

II. COMMUNITY MODEL

A. A book becomes canonical upon its reception by the community

B. Historical-Critical model says canon is due purely to human decisions

1. The books we have today are the “winners”

2. Nothing special about the current canon

3. Dates the close of the canon in the fourth century

C. Roman Catholic

1. Church chose the books, but believes the canon is the right one

2. This makes the Church authoritative over the Bible

3. Catholic critique of self-authenticating canon, but Catholic church then becomes self-authenticating

4. Council of Trent

III. HISTORICAL MODEL

IV. SELF-AUTHENTICATING MODEL