How Can I Trust the Bible When it Was Used to Justify Slavery?

Brandon Cleaver writes a fantastic article at RZIM on slavery in the Old Testament and New Testament in contrast with American antebellum slavery. Properly understood, the Bible not only does not condone the brutal slavery of the antebellum South, but strongly prohibits such treatment of human beings made in the image of God. How CanContinue reading “How Can I Trust the Bible When it Was Used to Justify Slavery?”

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?”

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?”

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?