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I trust the current Biblical canon, but I was researching Biblical evidence against Purgatory when I came across a Catholic blog that used the book of II Maccabees as evidence. That got me thinking: why have the books in the canon been chosen? Any insight on this subject will be helpful, thanks.

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  • Can you please clarify what you mean by your question Why are certain Books Excluded from the Cannon?. Who are you talking about? Protestant reformers who excluded deuterocanonical books from OT or the participants in the Councils of Carthage/Council of Rome who excluded many books in the NT? – Jayarathina Madharasan Jul 5 '14 at 17:43
  • I am not well versed in this topic but I believe my question pertains to the participants in the Councils of Carthage/Council of Rome who excluded many books in the NT. I am trying to figure why the Catholics have more books and why the difference? – TommyR Jul 5 '14 at 17:49
  • (Just a note: the word you wanted was canon; a cannon fires cannonballs with gunpowder.) – El'endia Starman Jul 5 '14 at 17:51
  • @TommyR: That is exactly the problem. If your question is Why Catholics have more books? then you should probably ask about Protestant reformers as they were the one who removed books later on. For that please see: Why were Deuterocanonical books rejected in the Reformation? – Jayarathina Madharasan Jul 5 '14 at 17:58
  • The Wikipedia page "Biblical Canon" <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_of_Scripture> has a good overview of the subject. – brasshat Jul 5 '14 at 19:56

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