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The Community of the Oral Tradition about Jesus

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. My favorite high school teacher was Mr. Bottaro. He was my […]

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Luke and His Sources

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Good sources are treasure for historians. Even when writing about an […]

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Do the Gospel Manuscripts Misquote Jesus?

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. At this point I should say a few words about Bart […]

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The Quantity and Quality of Textual Variants

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Skeptics who try to cast doubt upon the reliability of the […]

How Should We Evaluate the Antiquity of the Gospel Manuscripts?

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The smallest time gap, the one between P52 and the autograph […]

Standards for Evaluating the Reliability of Gospel Manuscripts

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Before we examine the data, let’s think for a moment about […]

The Relationship between Existing Manuscripts and the Original Compositions

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The documents we know as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written sometime in the second half of the first century A.D. (I’ll say more about the dating of the Gospels in chapter 4.) They were written on scrolls of […]

F.A.Q. Format

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Influence of the Internet can also be seen in the basic […]

Critical Scholarship and Confidence in the Gospels

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Beginning with my days at Harvard and continuing throughout the last […]

Critical New Testament Scholarship: Up Close and Personal

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The following is an excerpt from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Without exception, my grad school teachers echoed Professor MacRae’s conclusions about the historical limitations of the New […]

Doubting the Gospels

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Today’s post, as well as several posts to come, are excerpts from my new book, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I grew up in a solid evangelical church. The Gospels were […]

An Very Honest Ending to a Book

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Recently I read The Velvet Covered Brick: Christian Leadership in an Age of Rebellion. As you may suspect from the subtitle, this book was written in the aftermath of the 60s, when traditional notions of leadership had been tossed aside, […]

The Curiously Unscientific Christopher Hitchens

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Part 10 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Christopher Hitchens loves science. Rightly, he understands that science has enabled human beings to understand our world in […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. Psalm 135:15 Click here to read all of Psalm 135 Prayer O Lord, I don’t worship literal idols. I don’t have silver or gold statues […]

Will Rhetoric Like That of Christopher Hitchens Make the World a Better Place?

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Part 9 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began to express my concerns about Christopher Hitchens’s tendency to ridicule people with whom he disagrees, […]

Why Does Hitchens Ridicule His Opponents?

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Part 8 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Christopher Hitchens is an engaging writer, a master of clever rhetoric. Please understand that I’m not using “rhetoric” […]

Some of Hitchens’s Misunderstandings or Distortions, Part 2

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Part 7 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Yesterday I began looking at some of the many misunderstandings found in Christopher Hitchens’s book, god is not […]

Some of Hitchens’s Misunderstandings or Distortions, Part 1

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Part 6 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last three posts I’ve shown that Christopher Hitchens, in his book god is not Great, makes […]

Hitchens Wrong About the Census, Eyewitnesses, St. Paul, Scholarship, Gospel Truth, and Gospel Disagreements

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Part 5 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series So far I’ve shown nine errors made by Christopher Hitchens in his treatment of the New Testament in […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Psalms

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Excerpt Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed . . . . Psalm 2:1-2 Click here to […]

Hitchens Wrong about Q, Hell (Twice), Nag Hammadi, Canon, and Tampering

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Part 4 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In yesterday’s post I pointed out three errors in Christopher Hitchens’s recent book, god is not Great. In […]

Hitchens Mistaken About a Date, a Name, and the Gospels

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Part 3 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Warning: Long post to follow! In yesterday’s post I said that I have found many errors in god […]

Is Hitchens a Reliable Source of â??Factsâ??

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Part 2 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Few books will divide the house more than god is not Great. Atheists will happily devour it; religious […]

Introduction

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Part 1 of series: god is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens: A Response Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series A few hours ago I had the opportunity to debate Christopher Hitchens on the subject of his recent […]

The Great God Debate

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Today I’m participating in what Hugh Hewitt has called “The Great God Debate.” For three hours on Hugh’s syndicated radio program I’ll be debating with Christopher Hitchens, author of the recent book: god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. […]

Sent to Proclaim the Good News, Part 3

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Part 9 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last two posts I’ve been explaining how we who believe in Jesus have been sent by Him […]

Sent to Proclaim the Good News, Part 2

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Part 8 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series In my last post in this series, I began to explain how Jesus has sent His followers into the […]

Sunday Inspiration from Pray the Gospels

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Today is Trinity Sunday in the Christian Year Excerpt “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 Click here to read […]

Week in Review: May 27 – June 1, 2007

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My Recent Blogging Sunday, May 27: Inspiration from Pray the Gospels Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Gratitude Tuesday, May 29: Sent by Jesus to Continue His Mission Wednesday, May 30: Sent in the Power of the Spirit Thursday, May 31: […]

Sent to Proclaim the Good News, Part 1

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Part 7 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Permalink for this post / Permalink for this series Like Jesus, we have been sent to proclaim the good news. In addition to telling His disciples to wait […]

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