Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Term Paper


School of Unrestricted Education

Primary Advisor

Dr. Grace Veach


The three Canons of Judaism, Catholic Christianity, and Protestant Christianity all claim more authority or consistency than what they have. Judaism puts too much authority on an unknown group in 200 CE that was not regarded until 400 years later in the Mishnah. Catholicism emphasizes the divinity of scriptures that the early church fathers almost universally disbelieved. Protestantism held that the Canon put forward by Calvin was entirely equal in its truth and that it should not be changed even in the face of changing beliefs or new discoveries. However, just because a Canon has been altered or closed in a doubtful way, that does not mean it is wrong or that the Holy Spirit did not influence it. Things change, things are discovered, and people need to be ready to accept truth even if it is not what they have been taught.