6 Reasons to Date the Gospels and Acts Early

The majority opinion in New Testament studies is that the four biographies written about Jesus–the Gospels–and the Book of Acts were written after 70 C.E. Mark was written first, then Matthew and Luke, and John was written in the 90s. Acts would have been written some time after Luke, obviously. The arguments put forward forContinue reading “6 Reasons to Date the Gospels and Acts Early”

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”

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?”

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?”

The Nazareth Inscription: Did You Know Caesar Outlawed Grave Robbing After the Resurrection?

Arthur Khachatryan gives a good explanation of what the Nazareth Inscription is, what time period it probably belongs to, and what the possible implications of the inscription are. This was a good article. It didn’t try to stretch the evidence too far. The Nazareth Inscription: Did You Know Caesar Outlawed Grave Robbing After the Resurrection?

History and the Resurrection

If I’m not reading, there’s a good chance that I’m listening to, or watching, a debate or lecture. In almost all the debates I’ve watched on the Resurrection, at some point during the debate, without fail, someone will say something to the effect of, “History cannot prove a miracle.” As Bart Ehrman says in allContinue reading “History and the Resurrection”

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”