In our previous article in this series (found here), we began by articulating the popular argument that Christianity stole its central themes from antecedent Pagan deities. There, we argued that even skeptics and critical scholars reject such a view. However, we didn’t explain why they do so. In the subsequent articles, we will outline the reasons scholars reject this specious claim. [Read more…]
One of the more remarkable pieces of data in Richard Bauckham’s 2006 book, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, is the comparison of Palestinian Jewish names in the Gospel period to those recorded in the Gospels themselves. ¹
He draws on the work of the Israeli scholar Tal Ilan, who compiled totals of all the recorded name occurrences in Palestinian Jews from 330 BC to 200 AD. The frequency correspondence can only be described as amazing. Although the correspondence in female names is impressive in its own right, we will focus here on the male names, since there is a much larger sample from which to draw conclusions.
In Table 6, Bauckham lists the 99 Most Popular Jewish names in Palestine. ² [Read more…]
Although Natural Theology could posit God’s existence and HIS attributes, Trinity, however, belongs to revealed theology. Trinity is a unique nature of God, which can only be comprehended when God reveals HIS nature to man, else man cannot comprehend the unique nature of God.
Since our mind is limited to comprehend the doctrine of Trinity, this doctrine should be honestly and diligently studied. Trinity is denied by Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam and the likes. Hence, Christians dialoguing with the proponents of other worldviews ought to justify and defend the doctrine of the blessed Trinity. [Read more…]
Many skeptics claim that the resurrection of Jesus originated from pagan myths about “dying and rising” gods—commonly called the “copycat theory” of Christianity. James G. Frazer popularized this view in his book The Golden Bough (1914), though more recently, others have followed in his footsteps.
I recently had a heart attack – 100% blockage in left anterior descending (LAD) artery that runs down the front of the heart and supplies the front and main wall. That kind of heart attack is commonly called a Widowmaker, which is a nugget of information I am glad I didn’t know that at the time.
Why did it happen? Plaque dislodged and moved; that is the only thing that is clear. To quote my doctor, “Sometimes it just happens.” Occasionally the marathon runner keels over while the 85-year-old obese lifetime smoker does not. There are general principles that tend to lead to generally predictable results – and then there are particular people who are unpredictable. I appear to be the latter. Now I am taking a handful of pills every day, slowly reentering into the ebb and flow of life, studying how to fill my body with things that promote heart and artery health, and offering prayers of gratitude that God has allowed me more time with my wife, my boys, and my friends. [Read more…]