Apologetics: Archaeology and the Bible, Part 1

archaeologyWe really can’t fairly consider the impact of archaeology on the Bible’s authenticity without knowing a little history.

Of course, for centuries, the Western world just assumed the Bible to be true and felt no need to test its claims against archaeology. However, by the late 19th Century, European skepticism had come to dominate Christian education. In fact, at this time the center of Christian scholarship was Germany, with Tübingen University being the center of New Testament Higher Criticism. Continue reading

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Time off

I need to have a series of medical tests starting this morning. I’ve been dealing with severe back spasms for a while now, likely due to my back surgery in October.

Hopefully the tests will give the doctors what they need to treat me.

So I should be gone for less than a week if all goes well.

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Apologetics: The Prophecies

scrollThere are numerous prophetic references to the Messiah in the Old Testament, and the fulfillment of these prophecies by Jesus is at times uncanny. It’s an impressive list of prophecies — so many that we can’t begin to cover them all.

Moreover, as you can imagine, skeptics question the applicability of many of these texts. And, indeed, the church should be cautious to make only those claims truly justified by the text.

In addition, we must be careful not to limit these prophecies to apologetics. They, in fact, establish much of the theology of the New Testament, and the New Testament becomes much clearer when we read it in line of its prophetic ancestry. But that’s too big of a topic for today. For today, we’re just going to cover the predictive power of prophecy as evidence of the foreknowledge of God and the truth that Jesus is God’s Messiah. Continue reading

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Little Chief “Mountain Song”

Debut Album is Lion’s Den. Available for free download at Noisetrade.

PS — Best played very loud.

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Apologetics: Did Jesus Really Exist?

HistoricalJesusNo self-respecting historian denies that a Jewish rabbi named “Jesus” walked the earth in the early First Century. However, we live in a world where people get their “history” from the Da Vinci Code and similar absurdities. Therefore, it’s necessary to cover the evidence.

The New Testament is sufficient evidence by itself, being the best attested ancient document, by far. I mean, Paul took beatings and stonings and wrote his letters for a reason. Peter traveled and taught the gospel for a reason. The Gospels were written for a reason.

It’s clear that these documents date to the early First Century. Contrary to the teaching of some European scholars in the 19th Century, the evidence of the age of the New Testament is now over-whelming.

Today, no self-respecting theologian, no matter how liberal, doubts that the real Apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians as the first or among the earliest New Testament books, sometime around 53 to 57 AD, that is, less than 25 years after Jesus’ crucifixion — when plenty of people who’d been there were still around. Continue reading

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Apologetics: History

AFRICAThe history of the world weighs heavily in favor of Christianity, even when we consider the many missteps taken in the name of Christianity, such as the Crusades, slavery, and the Inquisition.

I had intended to write a post on this subject, but I’ve found several excellent articles already on the Internet that I could not easily better. Continue reading

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New Post at Wineskins

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While you’re there, check out the greatly improved look (still under construction), the archives, the forums, and the job boards.

 

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Apologetics: Modern Physics

modernphysicsGod has a way of turning up in the strangest places. When we look into the skies with remarkably powerful telescopes seeing stars billions of lights away (and so billions of years in the past), we see evidence of creation from nothing, the sudden appearance of light, and the separation of light from darkness.

We see the hand of God. Continue reading

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Apologetics: Jesus’ Claim to be God

Science and ReligionBorrowing once again from C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity –

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say.

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Apologetics: The Moral Law Within

Science and ReligionC.S. Lewis, a former atheist, wrote in  Mere Christianity,

If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents — the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms.

And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts — i.e., of materialism and astronomy — are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.

First Point: If you’ve not already done this, go buy a copy of Mere Christianity. And then read it about three times in a row. It’s short, brilliantly reasoned and worded — and life changing. Anyone can understand Lewis’s clearly worded logic and will come away with a deeper, richer, better understanding of Christianity. Continue reading

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