A reader writes:
Since I last wrote to you (about Dum Diversas), I have been received and confirmed into the Church. Thank you for your kind and respectful answers to my honest questions, and thank you so much for writing By What Authority. That book was the nail in the coffin of my Protestant life 😉
I have a question I hope you or your readers can answer for me, because I can’t seem to find anything concrete about it. (Maybe I’m just a poor researcher.) When I was learning about the deuterocanon (including by reading several of your articles about it), some sources noted that Martin Luther, along with denying the inspiration of the deuterocanonical books, also rejected NT books like Hebrews, James, Jude, and Revelation. Yet, all of these books appear in every modern Protestant Bible. One of these articles described it as “an accident of history” that the NT books remained while the OT books were jettisoned. I’m really curious for more information about this “accident of history.” I don’t really believe history has accidents, in general; there were people behind every decision in the Reformation, and if sources are extant I’d be interested to see their reasoning for agreeing with Luther on half of the Bible and disagreeing on the other half.