Who were Westcott and Hort?
Two unsaved Bible critics.
Brook Foss Westcott (1825-1901) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892)
were two non-Christian Anglican ministers. Fully steeped in the
Alexandrian philosophy that "there is no perfect Bible", they had a
vicious distaste for the King James Bible and its Antiochian Greek text,
the Textus Receptus. [The infidelity of Westcott and Hort is well
documented in this author's work entitled An Understandable
History of the Bible, 1987, Bible Believer's
Press, P.O. Box 1249, Pottstown, PA. 19464]
It cannot be said that they believed that one could attain Heaven by
either works or faith, since both believed that Heaven existed only
in the mind of man.
Westcott believed in and attempted to practice a form of Communism
whose ultimate goal was communal living on college campus's which he
called a "coenobium. "
Both believed it possible to communicate with the dead and made many
attempts to do just that through a society which they organized and
entitled "The Ghostly Guild."
Westcott accepted and promoted prayers for the dead. Both were
admirers of Mary (Westcott going so far as to call his wife Sarah, "Mary"),and
Hort was an admirer and proponent of Darwin and his theory of evolution.
It is obvious to even a casual observer why they were well equipped to
guide the Revision Committee of 1871-1881 away from God's Antiochian text
and into the spell of Alexandria.
They had compiled their own Greek text from Alexandrian manuscripts,
which, though unpublished and inferior to the Textus Receptus, they
secreted little by little to the Revision Committee. The result being a
totally new Alexandrian English Bible instead of a "revision" of the
Authorized Version as it was claimed to be.
It has only been in recent years that scholars have examined their
unbalanced theories concerning manuscript history and admitted that their
agreements were weak to non-existent.
Sadly, both men died having never known the joy and peace of claiming
Jesus Christ as their Saviour.