About Robin Schumacher

Robin has a Master's in Christian Apologetics, a Ph.D. in New Testament, and writes for a number of Christian publications and sites. You can visit his websites at: www.powerpointapologist.org and www.confidentchristians.org.

Slideshow: What Best Explains Jesus’ Empty Tomb?

There is little to no debate among both Christian and non-Christian historians on the facts of Jesus’ empty tomb. By contrast, there is widespread debate as to what best explains those facts. empty-tomb2

The historical facts of Jesus’ death and empty tomb are these:

  1. Jesus was murdered and buried.
  2. Three days afterward, his body went missing.
  3. Accounts of Jesus’ appearance to both his disciples and unbelievers/skeptics were reported over the course of many days.
  4. These appearances transformed his followers and some previous skeptics into courageous preachers of Christianity, with Jesus’ resurrection becoming the central focus of their teaching.

Again, even atheist scholars acknowledge these points, such as the skeptic German historian Gerd Lüdemann who said, “It may be taken as historically certain that Peter and the disciples had experiences after Jesus’ death in which Jesus appeared to them as the risen Christ.”[1]

The question is, what best explains these facts?

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A Response to the Friendly Atheist (Part 2)

Hemant MehtaThis post continues a response to the July 30 CNN opinion piece article by Hemant Mehta, “The Friendly Atheist”, entitled “Why are millennials leaving church? Try atheism”. In Part 1, we looked at a number of arguments Mehta makes that I believe are either flawed or weak. Let’s now examine a few more.

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A Response to the Friendly Atheist (Part 1)

It’s rare for me to get worked up anymore over statements that atheists make about Christianity. For many years now, I’ve debated and exchanged dialogs—both in person and over the Web—Hemant Mehtawith many atheists and hatetheists (there is a difference) and have gotten pretty used to the primary arguments of the former group and the flawed caricatures / misrepresentations of the latter, so I am usually not bothered by what either has to say about the Christian faith.

Then I read the July 30 CNN opinion article by Hemant Mehta, “The Friendly Atheist,”  which is entitled “Why are millennials leaving church? Try atheism.”

Maybe it was seeing so many of the tired, false assertions in one place. Maybe it was some of the poor logic and argumentation the author employed. Whatever it was, I actually got peeved.

Mr. Mehta, likely responding to another CNN Belief Blog piece on why millennials are supposedly leaving the church, declares that atheism is playing a big role in their rumored exodus from Christianity. Let’s take a look at some of his major assertions and arguments and see if there’s support for what he claims.

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Slideshow: For Those Who Doubt Jesus Ever Lived

In the halls and classrooms of accredited universities and among scholarly historians—both Christian and non alike—the idea that Jesus of Nazareth never lived is ridiculous. However, in some internet atheist haunts, the claim is still very much alive.

Is there good historical evidence for believing that Jesus existed? Absolutely.

The seventh presentation of the free “Essential Apologetics” series looks at the claims of those who doubt Jesus’ life and presents a case against the idea that Jesus was just a copycat of other pagan gods. It also shows what facts are nearly universally accepted among historians about the carpenter from Nazareth.

You can view and download all presentations completed so far in the Essential Apologetics series here.

Believing the New Testament

The next presentation in the Essentials of Apologetics series I described in an earlier post is now available. Why Scripture: A Defense of the New Testament focuses on the trustworthiness of the Bible and Microsoft PowerPointuses standard historical methods to affirm the reasonableness of its reliability. You can find the latest presentation either on the PowerPoint Apologist website or on slideshare. Enjoy.