The Dongola Times

(Anachronistic) Dispatches from the Kingdom of Makuria.
23rd of October, 2014

(Others) Recognising, Not Declaring, the Canon

But these regional councils did not just “pick” books they happened to like, but affirmed the books they believed had functioned as foundational documents for the Christian faith.  In other words, these councils were declaring the way things had been, not the way they wanted them to be.
 
Thus, these councils did not create, authorize, or determine the canon. They simply were part of the process of recognizing a canon that was already there.
Emphasis in the original.
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