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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...