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  • How Do we Know the Gospels are Historical?

    03/11/2014 6:32:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 254 replies ^ | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Among Catholics and atheists, is easy to exchange convinced assertions: “The gospels are 100% God’s holy Word and every bit is historically accurate!” or “The gospels are fairy tales!” However there is a discipline called “Biblical scholarship” in which scholars do some very interesting work determining just which parts of the gospels they think are reliable and which they think are not. Their conclusions are, of course, debated. That’s what scholars do. Their work is fascinating and it is worth taking some time to look at just a smidgen of their methodology and conclusions. Bible scholars are most interested in...
  • Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, Legend, Mystic, or Lord?

    03/08/2014 2:07:22 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | March 7, 2014 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    For Catholics, the doctrine of Christ's divinity is central, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the other doctrines. Catholics have not independently reasoned out and tested each of the teachings of Christ received via the Bible and the Church, but believe them all on his authority. For if Christ is divine, He can be trusted to be infallible in everything He said, even hard things like exalting suffering and poverty, forbidding divorce, giving his Church the authority to teach and forgive sins in his name, warning about hell (very often and very seriously), instituting the scandalous...
  • The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ

    12/26/2013 6:15:06 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 31 replies
    The 1024 Project ^ | 12/26/2013 | Mark Musser
    Unlike all other religions that emphasize mysticism, myth, fables, legends, or even allegories, Christianity is a historical religion that upholds the facticity of its revelatory events that becomes the very object of faith. Not only is the crucifixion of Christ the most historically attested fact of the ancient world, but believe it or not, the resurrection of Jesus is not far behind. The test of faith in Christianity that so many have a hard time with is not that believing is a leap out into an irrational world of myth, but that believing is based on historical facts, the exact...
  • Falling Stars, Damnable Heresy, and the Spirit of Evolution

    09/20/2013 4:29:03 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 2,965 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). “And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." (Rev. 9:1) In his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry identifies falling stars as tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who, "Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the...
  • Did Jesus Claim to be God?

    12/23/2013 5:14:49 AM PST · by Kevmo · 101 replies
    Did Jesus Claim to be God? Summary Evidence in addition to his claims in the New Testament The concept of Jesus as divine existed within at least 10 to 20 years of his crucifixion, and therefore likely to have been asserted by Jesus himself. The claims of Jesus to be God make sense of his trial and crucifixion i.e. blasphemy The early enemies of Christ would have declared that Jesus never made such claim A parallel movement, that claimed Jesus as merely a good teacher, would have emerged alongside Christianity Jesus' use of Divine Titles Yahweh - claiming the sacred...
  • Is Jesus Christ God?

    12/22/2013 7:28:20 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 580 replies
    Christian Answers ^ | 2012 | Various
    “The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has rather been found difficult and left untried.” —Chesterton I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending.The story of Jesus is either the greatest event in history or the cruelest hoax. If it is a hoax, then the whole of the Christian message crumbles together with the hopes of those multitudes of lives built on his name. The apostle Paul said: “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of...
  • THE NEW TESTAMENT DOCUMENTS Are they Reliable? (Preface, Chapt. 1)

    02/16/2008 2:24:23 PM PST · by blue-duncan · 7 replies · 103+ views
    PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION Reliable as what?' asked a discerning reviewer of the first edition of this little work, by way of a comment on the title. His point, I think, was that we should be concerned with the reliability of the New Testament as a witness to God's selfrevelation in Christ rather than with its reliability as a record of historical fact. True; but the two questions are closely related. For, since Christianity claims to be a historical revelation, it is not irrelevant to look at its foundation documents from the standpoint of historical criticism. When the first...
  • Who is Jesus Christ and Who is Irrational? (Mike Adams)

    12/04/2013 3:17:41 PM PST · by servo1969 · 983 replies ^ | 12-4-2013 | Mike Adams
    A sixty-seven year old proud atheist friend of mine recently interjected the sweeping statement “all religion is irrational” into one of our conversations. I replied, not with a direct rebuttal but, instead, with the unexpected question, “who is Jesus Christ?” He replied, “I don’t know.” If I were to ask some of you why I pulled that question out of left field you might also reply with a bewildered “I don’t know.” So keep reading. Please. If you have never really pondered the question “who is Jesus Christ?” then you simply cannot consider yourself to be a committed intellectual –...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Can archaeology help confirm the Bible?

    12/01/2013 11:48:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Baptist Press ^ | November 4, 2013 | David Roach
    Whenever there's an archaeological discovery related to the Bible, conflicting interpretations by various experts can leave a believer's head spinning. Take the discovery in Israel of a palace from the era of King David earlier this year. An archaeologist from Hebrew University in Jerusalem said there's "unequivocal evidence" that David and his descendants ruled at the site. But critics, including some committed believers, say it could have belonged to other kingdoms and that David's palace likely would have been in Jerusalem some 18 miles northwest. Still others claim there is no archaeological evidence that David even existed. Similar confusion ensued...
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

    11/12/2013 7:53:33 PM PST · by Shery · 12 replies
    RZIM & GA TECH ^ | November 4th, 2013 | Nabeel Qureshi
    Former muslim offers powerful apologetic of Christ's death and resurrection. Medical doctor and historian was looking to confirm that Allah was God and Mohammed his true messenger by trying to ascertain that the story of Christ's death and resurrection was a myth. Instead, he found that the records supporting the Bible about Jesus were far more complete and written closer to Jesus' life on earth, while the records regarding Mohammed appeared much later left much to be disputed. Christians can learn a LOT about your own faith in this video! VERY INTERESTING!
  • The YouTube Heresies

    10/22/2013 7:23:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Strange Notions ^ | 10/22/2013 | Fr Robert Barron
    A few years ago I began posting brief reflections on movies, music and culture on YouTube, probably the most watched Web site in the world. In my mind, this exercise resembles St. Paul's venture onto the Areopagus in Athens, preaching the Gospel amid a jumble of competing ideas. YouTube is a virtual Areopagus, where every viewpoint—from the sublime to the deeply disturbing—is on display. Never as a Catholic teacher or preacher have I addressed less of the "choir.” The most numerous responses have come to my pieces on atheism and belief. I have made a video called Why Do We...
  • How a Jew Found The Messiah

    10/14/2013 1:15:41 PM PDT · by jodyel · 11 replies
    The moment I uttered these words, my burden rolled off my back and I knew that I was free. Joy now flooded into my heart and I began to praise the Lord. He had taught me a new song. by Moshe Radcliff [On September 25th H.R. Moshe Radcliff died. His testimony appeared in the Presbyterian Standard (July-September 1998) and is published by kind permission.] I was born into a Jewish family in prosperous Vienna, Austria on the 5th April 1930. Although my parents did not strictly observe the Jewish religion, father took my brother and me to synagogue occasionally. Mother...
  • The Age of the Universe

    08/05/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT · by wmfights · 158 replies ^ | Gerald Schroeder
    We look back in time, and say the universe is 15 billion years old. But as every scientist knows, when we say the universe is 15 billion years old, there's another half of the sentence that we rarely bother to say. The other half of the sentence is: The universe is 15 billion years old as seen from the time-space coordinates of the earth. The key is that the Torah looks forward in time, from very different time-space coordinates, when the universe was small. Since then, the universe has expanded out. Space stretches, and that stretching of space totally changes...
  • The End of Reason: Does the phrase "faith Begins Where Reason Ends" make sense?

    07/15/2013 7:51:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Free Thinking ^ | 07/12/2013 | Andy Uyboco
    There is an oft-quoted phrase in Christian circles that goes “faith begins where reason ends” and I’m perfectly fine with that statement as it is. The problem I have is that a lot of people who use this phrase to defend their faith do not really go to the end of reason. They stop short of the end, refusing to take reason past a certain point, and declare that faith is now the operative agent. I, myself, have been guilty of this many times in the past. When I reached a point when I wasn’t able to understand some theological...

    07/01/2013 6:16:37 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 173 replies ^ | Chris Solomon
    Although Joseph Smith said God had pronounced the completed translation of the plates as published in 1830 correct, many changes were made in later editions. There are at least 3,913 changes, and not all of them minor or merely grammatical. The LDS Church suggests that the changes are unimportant, but actual examination does not bear this out, especially when one considers that the Golden Plates were supposedly translated letter-by-letter by the power of God (H. of C. 1, pp. 54-55). Spelling or grammatical errors are one thing, but changes in doctrine and errors in consistency and common sense are quite...
  • The Bible Proven Right Yet Again

    06/23/2013 9:01:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6-20-13 | Jerry Newcombe
    I enjoy collecting information about studies that relate to some aspect of the Bible. Over and over, social science data tends to confirm the Scriptures. A new study verifies the truth revealed in Paul’s statement in the Bible that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Paul didn’t say that money is the root of evil---although I’ve heard people misrepresent the Bible as supposedly saying that. Nor did he say it’s the lack of money that is the root of evil, although I’ve heard some people say that’s what it should say. Yet I’ve known...

    01/17/2007 10:38:52 AM PST · by Hal1950 · 56 replies · 2,006+ views
    A Reluctant Israeli Public Grapples With What Scholarship Reveals About the Old Testament's Version of History/b> "If Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David aren't proven, how am I supposed to live with that?" The agonized question came from the crowded back row of an auditorium at Ben-Gurion University, during a conference titled "Has the Biblical Period Disappeared?" It expressed the shiver that went down Israel's collective spine at the end of last year, as puzzled scholars saw Israel's lay population jerked into awareness of the last two decades of biblical archaeological and historical research. Just as Israelis have had to...
  • How do Hebrew Scriptures show Jesus as the Messiah?

    05/23/2013 10:47:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Reverend Know It All ^ | May 23, 2013 | Fr. Richard Simon
    Warning: this is very obscure and somewhat turgid. Only read it if you are Biblically and historically hardcore. Dear Rev. Know-it-all, Apollos is said to have “vigorously refuted the Jews in public, establishing from the scriptures that the Messiah is Jesus.” Do you know any resource where the argument that Apollos made can be found? Thanks, Judy Eizer Dear Judy, First let’s look at the passage you quote from Acts the 18th Chapter (24-28):  Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in...
  • Why Scripture and the Facts of History Compel Me to Remain a Committed Evangelical Protestant

    05/10/2013 7:36:49 PM PDT · by boatbums · 1,251 replies
    Christian Resources ^ | William Webster
    I’ve read with interest Francis (Frank) Beckwith’s book, Return to Rome, because like him, I was baptized and raised Roman Catholic, attending parochial schools through my primary grades and a preparatory school run by a Benedictine monastery throughout my high school years. And, like Dr. Beckwith, in my teens I turned away from the Roman Catholic Church and Christianity altogether but was converted in my early twenties and began attending a Protestant Evangelical church. And for the past thirty seven years I have been a committed Evangelical Protestant. I was also quite interested in reading Dr. Beckwith’s book because he...
  • The Resurrection. Did It Really Happen?

    03/31/2013 2:45:14 PM PDT · by grumpa · 71 replies
    Faith Facts ^ | 1985 | William Lane Craig
    Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Here are four things that modern scholars, including skeptical scholars, almost universally agree on. (This is a very brief summary of the original): 1. Jesus died and was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. 2. A group of women found the tomb empty on Easter morning. 3. Over 500 people really and truly believed that they saw Jesus alive. 4. The Christian faith exploded to all the known world in a very short period of time thereafter. The best explanation for these events is that Jesus really did rise from the...
  • The Historicity of the Resurrection of Christ

    03/17/2013 12:48:35 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/17/2013 | Mark Musser
    The crucifixion of Jesus Christ (33 A.D.) is the most attested historical fact of the ancient world. In addition to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, it is also widely attested by Greco-Roman and Jewish writers. Closely related, history also confirms that the tomb of Jesus Christ on that first Easter morning was indeed empty. Every vested party knew where Jesus was buried after he died. Yet on Easter, the tomb was found empty, and nobody has ever been recovered ...
  • The Historical Jesus

    03/08/2013 8:54:18 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | Jerry Newcombe
    Every once in a while, we hear a false charge. A charge that has significance during this Lenten season of 2013. It's an old lie that seems to keep resurfacing. The accusation is that supposedly there is no historical reliability to Jesus as a person. In other words, we supposedly can't know for sure that He even existed historically. That is so false. For example, Will Durant, the great historian who wrote the series, "The Story of Civilization," noted in the volume, "Caesar and Christ," that if the same criterion by which some philosophers claim Jesus didn't really exist as...
  • What If We ARE Alone? Discuss Implications if Earth has ONLY Intelligent Life in the Universe

    02/08/2013 8:37:47 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 131 replies
    Self | February 8, 2013 | PJ-Comix
    Most people seem to assume that the universe is chock full of intelligent life. But what if we ARE alone in the Universe? So far all SETI searches have shown no evidence of other civilizations out there. If you have devoted your life to searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, you are probably wasting your time. The more I study about the formation of the earth, the more convinced I am that the earth is pretty much a freak occurrence whose conditions for life or intelligent life exits nowhere else. So what are the theological implications of this?...
  • Why Did the Jews Reject Christianity?

    08/12/2012 9:20:00 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 304 replies
    The ^ | 8/1/2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    A Jewish class on why Jews do not accept Christianity. I post for Jews to self-educate and for Christians to understand the Jewish point of view--not that it matters (that they do.)
  • What to Say When Someone Says "The Bible Has Errors"

    03/07/2012 6:43:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/07/2012 | Jonathan Dodson
    What to Say When Someone Says "The Bible Has Errors" By Jonathan Dodson Most people question the reliability of the Bible. You’ve probably been in a conversation with a friend or met someone in a coffeeshop who said: “How can you be a Christian when the Bible has so many errors?” How should we respond? What do you say? Instead of asking them to name one, I suggest you name one or two of the errors. Does your Bible contain errors? Yes. The Bible that most people possess is a translation of the Greek and Hebrew copies of copies...
  • 1st-century New Testament fragment: more details emerge

    02/29/2012 11:27:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 12+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 02/29/2012 | Michael Foust
    DALLAS (BP) -- The seminary professor who surprised the academic world by saying a first-century fragment of Mark's Gospel had been found has released new information along with two new claims -- an early sermon on Hebrews and the earliest-known manuscripts of Paul's letters also have been discovered. Details about the finds will be published in an academic book in 2013, says Dallas Theological Seminary's Daniel B. Wallace, a New Testament professor. Wallace started the buzz on Feb. 1 when, during a debate with author and skeptic Bart Ehrman, he made the claim about the Mark fragment, which would be...
  • Earliest manuscript of Gospel of Mark reportedly found

    02/21/2012 5:21:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christianity Today India ^ | 02/20/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Dallas Theological Seminary professor Daniel B. Wallace has said that newly discovered fragments from the Gospel of Mark could be the oldest New Testament artifacts ever found and date from the first century A.D., or during the time of eyewitnesses of Jesus' resurrection. Wallace announced his findings at UNC Chapel Hill on Feb. 1, 2012, during a debate in front of 1,000 people, where he unveiled that seven New Testament papyri had recently been discovered – six of them he said were probably from the second century, and one of them, the Gospel of Mark, probably from the first. The...
  • Competing claims prompt need for apologetics

    02/11/2011 1:44:39 PM PST · by wmfights
    The Baptist Standard ^ | February 10, 2011 | George Henson
    SAN ANTONIO—Christians curious about apologetics first need to understand what apologetics is not, Jim Denison, theologian-in-residence for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, told a conference. “Apologetics isn’t apologizing. … We’re not here to teach you how to apologize for your faith. Apologetics is simply defending your faith—explaining why you believe what you believe. It’s what the Gospels were written to do,” said Denison, president of the Center for Informed Faith. “If you sell anything, you do apologetics. If you try to convince anybody of anything, you’re doing apologetics. Christian apologetics is simply learning ways to defend our faith in...
  • So, What if the Bible Really Is True?

    12/23/2010 7:23:44 PM PST · by lancer256 · 93 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/23/10 | david limbaugh
    I'd like to challenge you to consider that the "good news" we celebrate during the Christmas season really is true. You may choose to believe the Bible is merely a book of fables with nice moral lessons, but there is more abundant and accurate manuscript evidence for the New Testament than any other book from antiquity. Moreover, the number of witnesses to Christ's life, death and resurrection, as well as the nature of their testimony, is strong evidence of the reliability of the scriptural accounts, as are the corroborating secular testimony and archeological evidence. In fact, the New Testament writers...
  • Why atheism can't replace religion

    12/18/2010 5:45:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 101 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | Dec 16 2010 | Michael W. Austin
    In a widely read and commented upon post, Nigel Barber examines some of the evidence and trends related to atheism and the decline of religion.  Barber closes his thought-provoking post with the following:"The reasons that churches lose ground in developed countries can be summarized in market terms. First, with better science, and with government safety nets, and smaller families, there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives and hence less of a market for religion. At the same time many alternative products are being offered, such as psychotropic medicines and electronic entertainment that have fewer strings attached and...
  • Biblical Apologetics for a Russian Viking King: How Genesis Changed the Course of World History

    05/02/2010 1:23:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 522+ views
    ICR ^ | 05/01/2010 | James J.S.Johnson, JD, Th.D
    Biblical apologetics, at its most basic, is the reasonable presentation of God's truth as a witness that glorifies the Creator. Such a testimony can have surprising--and long-lasting--results. A crisis in 986 A.D. changed the social and political history of Russia forever. Who would have guessed that the Russian empire's young Viking king Vladimir would be so impressed with the history of Genesis that he permanently changed Russia's course from West to East? A Pagan Ruler Vladimir, Prince of Novgorod, was not expected to rule Russia, because his older half-brother Yaropolk succeeded their father, King Svyatoslav. But after a number of...
  • LUKE - "A Historian of the First Rank"

    04/04/2010 1:54:15 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies · 464+ views
    Starting about 150 years ago, scholars in Europe started rejecting the historical records of Saint Luke. These academics declared that there was no evidence to support the existence of several locations and leaders mentioned in Luke's writings, and therefore, they rejected the entirety of his account. However, I discovered that archaeological finds during the last century have revealed that Luke was a very accurate historian and the two books he authored were absolutely authoritative records of history! One of the greatest archaeologists of all time was Sir William Ramsay. He studied under the famous German historical schools in the mid-nineteenth...
  • Historical and Scholarly Proof of The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

    04/04/2010 2:24:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 678+ views
    Truth Journal Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ William Lane Craig After an appraisal of recent scholarship on the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Professor William Craig contends that "the resurrection appearances, the empty tomb, and the origin of the Christian faith - all point unavoidably to one conclusion: the resurrection of Jesus". Source: "Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ," Truth 1 (1985): 89-95. "Man," writes Loren Eisley, "is the Cosmic Orphan." He is the only creature in the universe who asks, Why? Other animals have...
  • On The Physical Death of Jesus Christ

    04/02/2010 9:31:35 AM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 29 replies · 716+ views
    The Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William Edwards, M.D.
    Reprinted from JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association March 21, 1986, Volume 256 Copyright 1986, American Medical Association By Permission of Mayo Foundation ON THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E Hosmer, MS, AMI From the Departments of Pathology (Dr. Edwards) and Medical Graphics (Mr. Hoamer), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; and the Homestead United Methodist Church, Rochester, Minn., and the West Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel, Minn. (Pastor Gabel). Reprint requests to Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905 (Dr. Edwards) * Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish...
  • Evidence from Outside the Bible: Secular Testimony to the Death of Jesus Christ by Crucifixion

    04/02/2010 1:53:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies · 1,269+ views
    Cornelius Tacitus (c. A.D. 55-120) A Roman historian who lived through the reign of over a half-dozen Roman emperors, Tacitus has been called "the greatest historian of ancient Rome. His most famous works are the Annals and the Histories. The Annals covers from 14 A.D. to approximately 68 A.D. (the death of Augustus up to the time of Nero), while Histories proceeds from 68 A.D. (Nero's death) to 96 A.D. (the time of Domitian). Here is what Tacitus wrote concerning the history of Jesus, and the existence of Christians in Rome: "But not all the relief that could come from...
  • Does archaeology support the Bible?

    03/19/2010 8:34:02 PM PDT · by restornu · 76 replies · 1,272+ views
    The material evidence that archaeologists have discovered supports the Bible. Sadly, in the 1900s there was a great deal of archaeological work interpreted in a way that discredited the Bible. Of course, it has been said that archaeology “proves” the Bible, and this is not technically correct either. The Bible contains much information about God, the spiritual nature of the world, and the future of man that archaeology can never prove. The best archaeology can do is substantiate what the Bible says about the past, but the importance of that should not be understated. If, time after time, archaeology substantiates...
  • King David Era Pottery Shard Supports Biblical Narrative

    01/08/2010 10:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    INN ^ | 1/8/10 | Avi Yellin
    ( A breakthrough in the research of the Hebrew Scriptures has shed new light on the period in which the Bible books of the Prophets were written. Professor Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign) and has proven the inscription to be ancient Hebrew, thus making it the earliest known example of Hebrew writing. The significance of this breakthrough relates to the fact that at least some of the Biblical scriptures are now proven to have been composed...

    01/03/2010 5:49:27 AM PST · by freedomyes · 79 replies · 984+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Jan 3 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    With much confusion in the world today regarding Jesus Christ, it is crucial that the original record be researched--the New Testament passages relating to the divinity of Jesus Christ.
  • Evidence for Trustworthiness of the BIBLE: Archaeological Discoveries

    12/13/2009 2:41:34 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies · 2,126+ views ^ | unknown | Charlie H. Campbell
    For the past 150 years archaeologists have been verifying the exact truthfulness of the Bible's detailed records of various events, customs, persons, cities, nations, and geographical locations. Dr. Nelson Glueck probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, has said, “No archeological discovery has ever controverted [overturned] a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” In every instance where the Bible can be, or has been checked out...
  • SCIENCE and SCRIPTURE. Is the Bible Reliable?

    12/11/2009 2:38:04 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies · 1,322+ views
    Bible Bulletin Board ^ | unknown | John Macarthur
    Introduction The famous evolutionist Julian Huxley once said, "Any view of God as a personal being is becoming frankly untenable. The difficulty of understanding the functions of a personal ruler in a universe which the march of knowledge is showing us ever more clearly as self-ordered and self-ordering in every minutest detail is becoming more and more apparent" (Essays of a Biologist [New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923], p. 217). His sentiments were echoed by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell: "That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin,...
  • EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST A Challenge for Skeptics (A Long Read)

    11/11/2009 11:41:08 AM PST · by GonzoII · 97 replies · 2,441+ views
    Bring to you ^ | Peter Kreeft
    EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST A Challenge for Skeptics [ NOTE: For a response to the book The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave (Prometheus, 2005) by Lowder / Price see the free 500+ page E-book This Joyful Eastertide: A Critical Review of The Empty Tomb  (PDF) by Steve Hays, et al (c) 2006 ] A reasonable challenge to the skeptic is this: If it can be proved that Jesus really rose from the dead, will you believe in him? For if he really rose, that validates his claim to be divine and not merely human, for resurrection from...
  • On the patristic witness to the integrity of the New Testament

    09/06/2009 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 16 replies · 927+ views
    …and its consequences upon sectarian teachings. Folks, OK, so me and my tables. Blame it on a personal idiosyncrasy that favors tabular data organization. But before we go deeper into it, consider this statement: if we were to suddenly lose every single manuscript of the New Testament, we will be able to rebuild it almost word-for-word from the written words of the Fathers of the Church alone. This fact has holds some profound consequences, as we will see further below. But now, the table, the source also being The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict:Early Patristic Quotations of the New...
  • On the integrity of the New Testament manuscript evidence

    09/05/2009 3:16:45 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 16 replies · 1,059+ views
    Let’s question the “common-sense” double-standard. Folks, I was reading this article published today in Time Magazine online, entitled, The Burial Box of Jesus' Brother: A Case Against Fraud, because the controversy has been around for a while and of course, because of the significance of the artifact were the claims to its authenticity be proven beyond reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, the introductory paragraph disappointed me, although I am already used to this case of disappointment coming from the so-called mainstream experts. Check it out: The world of biblical archaeology was stirred in 2002 by the unveiling of a limestone burial box...
  • The New Testament Documents - Are They Reliable?

    08/15/2009 10:48:49 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 70 replies · 2,015+ views
    Christian Corps International Libraries ^ | not mentioned | F.F. Bruce
    2. What are the dates of these documents? The crucifixion of Christ took place, it is generally agreed, about AD 30. According to Luke iii. I, the activity of John the Baptist, which immediately preceded the commencement of our Lord's public ministry, is dated in 'the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar'. Now, Tiberius became emperor in August, AD 14, and according to the method of computation current in Syria, which Luke would have followed, his fifteenth year commenced in September or October, AD a7.1 The fourth Gospel mentions three Passovers after this time; the third Passover from that date would...
  • Research about 'historical Jesus' and the origins of Christianity

    01/06/2009 5:46:06 AM PST · by andersbranderud · 37 replies · 922+ views
    Hello! My name is Anders Branderud and I am new to this forum. This post will research about the “historical Jesus”. Who was he? Before answering this question it is important to give an introduction to the le-havdil (to differentiate) first century Jew Ribi Yehoshua (the Mashiakh (the Messiah)). According to historical scholarship (for example Prof. James H. Charlesworth) he practised what corresponds to today’s Orthodox Judaism all his life. His followers were called Netzarim (Hellenized to "Nazarenes") – that is Hebrew [it means offshoot (especially from the root or trunk of an olive tree)] and is a name in...
  • Top 8 of 2008: Archaeological Discoveries Related to the Bible

    01/01/2009 7:03:16 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 11 replies · 1,253+ views blog ^ | Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | Todd Bolen
    2008 was a good year for archaeology.  You can read about the top ten archaeological discoveries in the world this year, but my goal here is simply to suggest what I perceive to be the most significant discoveries for understanding the Bible and its world.  Both the selection and the ranking is purely subjective; there were no polls, editorial committees, or coin tosses.  For another opinion, take a look at the list of Dr. Claude Mariottini.  1. Khirbet Qeiyafa (and inscription).  The new excavations of this fortified site in the Shephelah ranks as #1 for the following reasons: 1) The...
  • The Trowel vs. the Text: How the Amarna letters challenge archaeology

    12/30/2008 8:35:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 890+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | Jan/Feb 2009 | Nadav Na'aman
    Caught Between A Rock And A Reed's Trace. The Amarna letters are a collection of more than 300 cuneiform tablets discovered at el-Amarna in Egypt in the late 1800s. Dating to the Late Bronze Age (1500-1150 B.C.E.), the archive consists of royal correspondence of Pharaoh Amenophis III (1391-1353 B.C.E.) and his son, Pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenophis IV, 1353-1337 B.C.E.) with local rulers of various Canaanite city-states. This tablet (catalogued as EA 289) and several others were sent to the pharaoh by 'Abdi-Heba, the ruler of Urusalim (Jerusalem), indicating that there was a significant city at the site in the 14th...
  • Germany's First Professor of Islamic Theology - Muslim Convert: "Prophet" Mohammed Never Existed....

    11/15/2008 5:26:58 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,195+ views ^ | November 15, 2008 | Zip
    What's the over/under on this guy's life span?..... MÜNSTER, Germany --Muhammad Sven Kalisch, a Muslim convert and Germany's first professor of Islamic theology, fasts during the Muslim holy month, doesn't like to shake hands with Muslim women and has spent years studying Islamic scripture. Islam, he says, guides his life. So it came as something of a surprise when Prof. Kalisch announced the fruit of his theological research. His conclusion: The Prophet Muhammad probably never existed. Muslims, not surprisingly, are outraged. Even Danish cartoonists who triggered global protests a couple of years ago didn't portray the Prophet as fictional. German...
  • Historical Jesus - Please help [VANITY]

    10/31/2008 11:42:18 AM PDT · by rivercat · 64 replies · 1,596+ views
    vanity ^ | 10/31/2008 | rivercat
    I'm sure there are some fellow Freepers out there that have encountered a similar circumstance. This is a very simplistic description of the circumstances... I have 60 year old friend that's been an active Christian all of her life. A few days ago, her ailing mother announced that she was now an athiest. She took my friend to several places on the web and showed her why Jesus, G-d, etc, are all just a clever scheme invented to control the people. You should see my friend, she is devastated, and her whole faith and belief system has been shaken. She...
  • Ground Breaking Dig Backs Jesus' Divinity

    10/15/2008 9:48:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies · 2,031+ views
    SydneyanglicanS ^ | October 8, 2008 | Mark Hadley
    The Life of Jesus film crew has gained rare access to an archaeological find that cements historical evidence early Christians worshiped Jesus as divine. Dr John Dickson, the series’ host and co-founder of the Centre for Public Christianity, will guide viewers through the remains of an ancient prayer hall unearthed at Megiddo in central Israel. “The inscriptions on the mosaic floor are remarkable,” Dr Dickson says. “One of them names a benefactor called Gaianus who is described as a centurion. Another mentions a woman called Akeptous who ‘…offered this table in memorial of the God Jesus Christ’.” The inscriptions cast...