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The New Testament: The World's Only Unedited, Frameless, Correlative Anthology

The New Testament (NT) is the foundational religious text for over 2.2 billion people and is completely unique in one sense: It is the world's only unedited, frameless, correlative anthology.

Over a period of 50 years, at least nine authors wrote 27 books containing no less than 55 major doctrines and 180 doctrinal concepts centered on one figure – Jesus Christ. Somehow, when these doctrines are grouped, whether they refer to the Pre-Mortal Jesus, Human Jesus, Resurrected Jesus, and Glorified Jesus, a single, coherent cosmology appears:

Cosmology of the New Testament’s “Gospel” or Core Message, showing it to be a correlative anthology Cosmology of the New Testament’s “Gospel” or Core Message, showing it to be a correlative anthology. Click to enlarge. (Image credit Edward K. Watson, PJ Media)

The nine NT authors created 180 “jigsaw” puzzle pieces that just so happened to create a single picture—without having a common editor modify the pieces to fit together, and without having each author create their pieces following a common set of instructions, guidelines, or work beneath the instructions of a shared project manager.

Experienced editors of correlative anthologies like textbooks, manuals, and business plans, proposals, and project execution plans for major ventures know it is impossible for a group of authors to produce deliverables without operating within a common frame or having a common editor harmonize or edit the deliverables to fit together to create a single voice and message.

And yet, the New Testament authors didn’t have a project manager overseeing their work. They didn’t have a set of instructions that they had to follow when they were writing their books. There was no shared source of information that they used to align their deliverables. The contents of each book show the later books didn’t use the earlier ones for guides. And, the books weren’t edited after they were written to harmonize them with one another.

How then could the NT authors have produced a correlative anthology with a single, coherent cosmology?

As one who specializes in creating correlative anthologies for multi-million and multi-billion dollar projects, I can confirm that this cannot be done. It is impossible. It is like saying you can write a book by simply putting a pen and some paper in a box and shaking it vigorously.

Empirical Evidence

Humans do not have perfectly harmonious perspectives with each other – there will always be misunderstandings and disagreements. No two people will believe the same thing unless influenced by something or someone to believe in a specific way. Every manager knows his or her team will always need correction, clarification, and guidance from time to time.

Because of this fact of human nature, all correlative anthologies follow the same process:

Chart showing two external constraints (common frame and editor) are required to produce a correlative anthology Two external constraints (common frame and editor) are required to produce a correlative anthology. Click to enlarge. (Image credit Edward K. Watson, PJ Media)