7 Apologetics Fails to Avoid

Here’s a blog by John Rasmussen that I read recently and greatly appreciated. The article details seven mistakes that we can easily make when speaking with skeptics and non-believers about our faith. I agree with just a bout all of them. 7 Apologetics Fails to Avoid Advertisements

Paul the Apologist

Erik Manning commentates on seven passages from the book of Acts that demonstrate Paul’s use of reason and argumentation in evangelism. When evangelizing Jews, Paul argues from the Scripture. When evangelizing Greeks, Paul finds common ground and of course still quotes the Scriptures. 7 Powerful passages from the Book of Acts that show that theContinue reading “Paul the Apologist”

10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection of Jesus as a Historical Fact

Brian Chilton from Bellator Christi lays out ten evidences in favor of the historicity of the Resurrection. The evidence for Jesus and his resurrection is well-attested. 10 Reasons to Accept the Resurrection

Arguments from Silence and Anonymous Gospels

An argument from silence is a logically fallacious argument that argues from the silence, or absence, of evidence. For example: “I cannot find my wallet, have you seen it?” I ask you. You remain silent and shrug your shoulders. “I knew you took it,” I say. “Where is it?” I just reached a conclusion basedContinue reading “Arguments from Silence and Anonymous Gospels”

Was Jesus a Myth?

First, let’s begin by looking at some common mythicist objections.  We have no archaeological evidence of Jesus. What?! Oh my goodness, he must not have existed! Who all from the first century do we have archaeological evidence of? A few rich people. If you think the fact that we have no archaeological evidence of JesusContinue reading “Was Jesus a Myth?”

How Bart Ehrman turns differences into contradictions

This was a good post from Erik Manning. I’ve long wanted to write something along the same lines. Now I don’t have to! Many skeptics will claim that the Bible contains “contradictions,” but their examples are usually just “differences.” In case you didn’t know, a “difference” and a “contradiction” are not the same thing. HowContinue reading “How Bart Ehrman turns differences into contradictions”

Are the Gospels Anonymous?

In his best-selling book, How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman outlines his case that the Gospels were originally anonymous. First, the Gospels were written without any attached names. So, the titles you see at the top of your Gospels (“The Gospel of Matthew”) were not there originally. Second, the Gospels then circulated for about aContinue reading “Are the Gospels Anonymous?”

27 Times Paul Proved He Knew About the Historical Jesus

Conspiracies abound on the internet. One that gives me a good laugh is the idea that Jesus didn’t exist. You won’t find it in academics, but for some reason it is pretty popular among uneducated atheists on the internet. These “mythicists” make the strangest claims like “Paul knew nothing about the historical Jesus.” Paul onlyContinue reading “27 Times Paul Proved He Knew About the Historical Jesus”

Is Jesus’ prediction of the Temple destruction a good way to date the Gospels?

It is no secret that Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of the Temple is the driving force of the dating of the Gospels. There may be other factors that scholars consider, but this one data point seems to be the rudder guiding the ship. The argument goes, more or less, that the author of MarkContinue reading “Is Jesus’ prediction of the Temple destruction a good way to date the Gospels?”

Did the early church invent the divinity of Jesus over a long period of time?

The Wintery Knight chronicles a few of the earliest passages of the New Testament accepted by even skeptical scholars in which Jesus is described as divine. Even the earliest creed that dates to a few years from the crucifixion describes Jesus as divine. The idea that Jesus’ divinity was a later invention disappears. Did theContinue reading “Did the early church invent the divinity of Jesus over a long period of time?”