“Everyone whom the Father gives” John 6:37

I love passages of Scripture that interpret themselves. Sometimes we will read something “difficult,” or hard to understand, but the Bible itself will provide us with the correct interpretation. Perhaps, you have heard people say, “Let the Bible interpret the Bible.” The Bible Geek in me comes out when we find passages like this. IContinue reading ““Everyone whom the Father gives” John 6:37″

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”

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?”

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?”

Why Everyone Should Believe that the Gospels are Reliable

The idea that the Gospels are unreliable, contradictory, copies of copies of translations of copies, is false. In this article, drawing on Peter J. Williams’ new book, Brett Lunn gives some evidence as to why the Gospels are indeed reliable sources not only of their historical claims, but also the miracle claims. Why Everyone ShouldContinue reading “Why Everyone Should Believe that the Gospels are Reliable”

Why are Jesus’ Genealogies in Matthew and Luke Different?

The differences in the Gospels can be very significant, even appearing to contradict one another in certain places. Jesus’ genealogy is a famous apparent contradiction. In this article, Dr. Mark Strauss tacks the question as to what could explain the obvious differences. Why are Jesus’ Genealogies in Matthew and Luke Different?

Jesus for skeptics. How to respond to those who say Jesus is a myth

There is a growing number of people (not in scholarship) that deny the existence of Jesus. Despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary, and despite the fact that no one questioned Jesus’ existence for eighteen centuries, the “mythicist” movement has gained enough traction that it should be directly addressed. Justin Brierly gives you aContinue reading “Jesus for skeptics. How to respond to those who say Jesus is a myth”

3 Times Archaeology Has Confirmed the Gospels and Shut the Mouths of Skeptics

Erik Manning drops some archaeological facts that confirm claims made in the Gospels. Unlike other religions, Christianity is rooted in history, and as such, can be falsified. 3 Times Archaeology Has Confirmed the Gospels and Shut the Mouths of Skeptics

The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels

I ran into J. Warner Wallace this past weekend at an apologetics conference. It was great to finally meet him in person after having him on the podcast twice now. Here is an article he wrote on the reliability of the Gospels. People claim not to trust the Gospel accounts because of “bias,” but suchContinue reading “The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels”