From "The Answer Book" ©1989 Samuel C. Gipp. Reproduced by permission
QUESTION: Who were Westcott and Hort?
ANSWER: Two unsaved Bible critics.
EXPLANATION: Brook Foss Westcott (1825-1903) 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,
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manuscripts, which, though unpublished and inferior to the Textus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.