In preparation for a short documentary film I’m making about textual variants in the Bible, I would like to pose a question aimed strictly at Christians—both Catholic and Protestant—and ex-Christians. People of other religions and non-ex-Christian atheists (et al) are welcome to comment, but your answers lie outside the scope of this project.
The question is simply this:
Are you familiar with the textual variants of the New Testament, particularly the Gospels?
If you want to answer this question, feel free to comment and say a little something about yourself: Religion, familiarity with textual variations, and perhaps a defense.
For reasons I cannot explain, the discussion about textual variants appears to have mostly faded away in recent centuries, despite no good reconciliation. So I’d like to hear what contemporary personal theology has to say about this.
Wikipedia thankfully has a relatively robust introduction to the subject at this link, if you’re interested in the topic.
The problem can be summed up like this: If we do not know what the scriptures originally said due to copy error and intentional manipulation, how can be be certain we understand Christianity?