Yesterday I posted the following status on Facebook: The problem with abandoning the historicity of the Old Testament is that every few years another aspect of it is vindicated. To which I received this response: Yet we would acknowledge the role that varying styles of literature in the ancient Near East has to play, right? … Continue reading "On a Historical Old Testament"
This is post 1 of 3 in the series “Jesus the Apocalypse: Mark Bible Study” This is the third and final new series I’m starting now. I thought it would be fun to do a Bible study series on a particular book of the Bible. My recent studies have led me to Mark. The shortest and … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: A Study on Mark"
[This is an article I made for an apologetics forum. I decided I might as well post it here as well.] An argument frequently made by those who deny orthodox Christianity is that Jesus was not believed to be God until a very long time after His death. Among those who have the Internet but nothing … Continue reading "Early Evidence for Belief in Jesus’ Deity"
People have a lot of funky ideas about the Bible. And it’s no wonder, given that it is the worldwide bestseller, was completed 2000 years ago, and is revered as God’s word by many millions of people. Anything with that kind of place in the world is bound to find several strange receptions. One thing which frequently happens with the Bible is … Continue reading "Misconceptions about Misconceptions about the Bible"
What do very many Christians and very many atheists have in common? Believe it or not, they view the Bible pretty similarly. What could an atheist and a Christian both think about the Bible? Both often act as though the Bible were a house of cards. We’ve all seen card houses. As children, we all … Continue reading "The Bible Is Not a House of Cards"
When it comes to a good book, Stephen King’s résumé just can’t compare. Thirty-nine plus twenty-seven equals sixty-six books. And if you’re Catholic, there’s even more. So goes the absurd rap parody, “Baby Got Book.” And it is correct. The Bible is actually 66 books. But from the way many people, both Christians and skeptics, … Continue reading "God Is One, The Bible Is Not"
If God exists, why does evil? Is He too weak to stop it? Does He refuse? Did it catch Him off guard? These questions have challenged philosophers and theologians for thousands of years, and goodness knows I can add little or nothing to their many answers. But I just felt like sharing this thought on … Continue reading "God Took the Blame (Or, A Little Thought About the Problem of Evil)"
You know, sometimes people say things that require a facepalm. This can be annoying when you’re debating someone and the other person does this, but few things are worse than when someone on your own side says something absurd. Because of this, and for the sake of Christian credibility, I offer these 5 arguments that … Continue reading "5 Arguments Christians Should Never Use"
If you’ve ever had a debate with an atheist or other skeptic about Christianity, you’ve probably heard it. Those four terrible words. “The Bible contains errors.” Suddenly, at least from their perspective, your entire argument is worthless. For we know how it goes: If they’re convinced there is one error in the Bible, that should mean … Continue reading "Sidestepping Abiathar: Arguing for Christianity without Fighting for Inerrancy"