It is Clay, but to say that the NT books were never in question is a patent denial of the facts. Luther called James and epistle of straw. Revelation he railed against. He removed them. Furthermore anyone who knows anything about the early councils would know that virtually every book was argued. The criteria used in deciding which books were scripture and which were not is most important. We see that in play with those like Irenaeus whose argument was simple yet brilliant. Show us anyone who can be traced to those appointed by the Apostles who taught or believed as you.<quoted text>
Its fair to point out that all of Christianity had the same number of books since the Church compiled a bible. That is, until Luther removed some.
Did a rogue Priest have the authority to remove any books from the Bible and still claim he's a Christian? I don't think so.
Btw, these are wonderful scripture to read.
The fact is many considered Clement,, Didache, Hermas and others as scripture. The councils narrowed the criteria of what would be included. It did not exclude them as something not worthy of being read. For intance Athanasius is thrown out by Protestant apoglogists, but he in fact considered the deuterocanons as scripture. It is important to distinguish what protestants refer to as Apocrypha and the Church does. Other arguments which prove empty are use of Josephus and Jerome using deceitful proof texts. The fact is Jerome did vigorously defend them.
Its hard to answer all of the many empty arguments in a little box especially with people who wont bother to read links while hurling multitudes of distortions. Some questions cannot be answered in a sentence or paragraph.
"Though an interesting attempt, the fact of the matter is that there was no notion of a closed canon of scripture at the time of Jesus. Not even among Jews was there complete agreement on the canon at this time, which is highlighted by the fact that the Sadducees only accepted the Torah (the Five Books of Moses), and in fact were in constant conflict with other Jewish sects such as the Pharisees over various issues due to this. As Mark Shea says: "This was precisely why the Sadducees argued with Jesus against the reality of the resurrection in Matthew 22:23-33: they couldn't see it in the five books of Moses and they did not regard the later books of Scripture which spoke of it explicitly (such as Isaiah and 2 Maccabees) to be inspired and canonical." Thus, it can be safely said (as a side-note) that Jesus himself experienced problems communicating the truth to those who adhered to Sola Scriptura.