On my festschrift thread, Yeshua wrote the following: It's Saturday, and I'm only in my office for a short while, but I thought this would be a good opening to lead into a serious (I hope) discussion of why textual criticism matters. On Monday I'll have some time to write more and maybe share some statistics, but here are some preliminary thoughts. First of all, the greater majority of readings have no bearing on how you translate: orthography, spelling differences, untranslatable words (the article, particles such as men, differences in spelling, the perfect tense as opposed to the aorist in many cases, etc. In such cases which Greek text you use does not matter. Secondly, the vast majority of the mss agree completely on almost all of the Greek NT. There are not a whole lot of passages which are disputed (but those are key). Thirdly, your doctrine will not change depending on which Greek text you use. As evidence, I say that the Baptist churches in other countries where they used a critical text end up having the same doctrine as churches in the States. This includes such passages as the TR version of 1 John 5:7; you will believe in the trinity whether your Bible has this verse or not. Now, one may not believe in the perfect preservation of the KJV if one has a critical text Greek NT--but then they didn't get that doctrine out of the TR or KJV anyway! On the other hand, we have the following facts: Firstly, your exegesis of some passages will be affected by which Greek test you use. Secondly, there are some key passages where important truths are taught, and where both the critical and Byz/Maj texts cannot both be right. In such cases textual criticism becomes vital, and it is not simply a matter of preference which text you use, but vital. Serious thought about textual criticism becomes important in these cases. Thirdly, the critical texts either delete or put in brackets some key passages, such as the pericope adulterae and the longer ending of Mark. If such passages are part of the Word of God (and I believe they are), then deleting them or putting them in doubt (brackets) keeps part of the whole counsel of God from us. Monday I'll be able to write more and interact with any discussion. This post, though, says why I believe textual criticism is important, and one reason (besides friendship) I participated in the festschrift for Dr. Robinson, and am heartily grateful for his work and that of other textual critics.