Seven Aspects of Jesus’s Life that are Historically Certain

Here is an article by Brian Chilton about seven facts that are known about Jesus through historical investigation. I would caution against using the word “certain” about a historical claim, and would remind the audience that we can known much more, but these are seven important things to know. Seven Aspects of Jesus’s Life thatContinue reading “Seven Aspects of Jesus’s Life that are Historically Certain”

What if I’m wrong?

I think anyone who truly values knowing the truth will routinely critique their current beliefs. It is important to me to continually refine my beliefs, picking out the weak spots and making them stronger, or changing them if necessary. In the process of self-examination, a question that often is brought up is: what if I’mContinue reading “What if I’m wrong?”

How did Jesus deal with Skeptics?

Erik Manning looks at two New Testament stories that illustrate how Jesus dealt with skeptics. There are those who are genuinely curious and there are those who clearly are not. Jesus teaches us how to deal with both types of skeptics. How did Jesus deal with Skeptics?

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

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?”