Category Archives: Church History

Do the Details of Jesus Birth Agree in Matthew & Luke?

This is another in a series of questions from critics about the Bible. Question: Matthew’s account of Jesus birth seems to differ from Luke’s. They seem to start from different places and they travel to different places. Matthew has Jesus, Mary, … Continue reading

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Did Aquinas Bring Greek Philosophy Into Christianity?

Periodically we hear the accusation that we should not bring in philosophy, particularly Greek philosophy, into Christian theology. Tertullian is often quoted as saying “What has Jerusalem to do with Athens?” Also, is it not true that the apostle Paul … Continue reading

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The Bible as History: Minor Details in the Book of Acts

In Colin Hemer’s great work The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History, the author goes to great length examining the minutia that Luke wrote into the New Testament book of Acts. Hemer makes several lists of different … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (from the collection of Lincoln’s papers in the Library of America series, Vol II, pp. 520-521).   The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

First Thanksgiving Proclamation By President George Washington October 3, 1789     Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore … Continue reading

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The Historicity of the Book of Acts, by Dr. Craig Keener

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Historical Details in the Book of Acts

(for the first of this historical series, see the post from a few days ago, here.) In the bible, the books of Acts was written by Luke (see the first few verses of each book). The book includes a very … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading in Christian Apologetics & Theology

The Christian Apologetics Journal edition of Spring 2012 (10.1) includes an excellent series of articles. This particular issue is most valuable, and includes the following: Philosophical Antecedents to Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way, by Richard Howe. In this article Howe does … Continue reading

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Inerrancy Publications

Back in the 1970′s, there was a debate that centered around the inerrancy of the Bible. It hashed and rehashed most every question that could be raised about the Bible, whether it is factually true, in what sense is it … Continue reading

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John 14:28: Is Jesus Less than Almighty God?

Jehovah’s Witnesses often quote John 14:28 in trying to show their view that Jesus is less than Almighty God. In the verse, Jesus says “The Father is greater than I.” To the Jehovah’s Witnesses, this means that Jesus is less … Continue reading

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A Hill On Which To Die

In the book A Hill On Which To Die, author Paul Pressler describes his encounters in the Southern Baptist denomination during the 1970s and 1980s as he and a handful of other conservatives attempted to instill the inerrancy of scripture … Continue reading

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Evidence From Ancient Critics

In his book The Historical Jesus, author and ancient historian Gary Habermas quotes the following ancient source, Lucian, who was a critic of Christianity. The Christians, you know, worship a man to this day — the distinguished personage who introduced … Continue reading

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Historical Evidence for The Resurrection of Jesus

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The Great Isaiah Scroll

The Great Isaiah Scroll, called such because of its large physical size, is dated by scholars about 150 BC. Prior to its discovery and public revelation in the 1950s, the earliest copies in existence of Isaiah were from about a … Continue reading

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How Should We View Historical Accounts of Miracles?

The New Testament presents many miracles. Most of these, if not all, are key to the essential nature of the Christian faith. Paul claims that if Christ be not raised, we are still in our sins, and our faith is … Continue reading

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Could The Bible Be Written Like A Historical Novel?

Skeptics could claim, and often do, that while the Bible may contain historical accuracies, this does not prove that all the statements in the Bible are in fact true. Critics say that just because Homer’s books mention cities that actually … Continue reading

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Discovery of Tomb of Apostle Phillip

An Italian archaeologist has announced that he discovered the tomb of one of the twelve apostles, Phillip. You can read the story here. If this proves true, it adds to the hard, physical evidence in support of the Biblical account. … Continue reading

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Historical Apologetics

Every generation has had critics of Christianity, and each generation has had great men who defended the historical Christian faith. Many of these men presented great arguments, but they have been left unread in remote libraries. Now a few people … Continue reading

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Possible Archeological Find of Early Christianity

A collection of books has reportedly been found in the mideast, allegedly showing a great deal about early Christianity. The find has just made the news, so it is too early to tell the significance of the find. But the … Continue reading

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Time to Discard the Zeitgeist Myth

There is a film series on the internet with the title Zeitgeist. It has gotten an extremely large number of people viewing it. Among other topics, the first of the series spends time trying to make the case that Christianity borrowed from … Continue reading

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Evidence Against Myth, Legend, & Copy Errors: The John Ryland Fragment

  In 1920, Bernard Greenfell acquired some papyri in Egypt. Among them were some small fragments.. This 2.5 by 3.5 inch papyrus rested in the collection of the Johm Rylands Library at Manchester, England until 1934 when a Fellow of … Continue reading

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Calvinism & Evangelism: Whence Cometh Thou?

John Calvin (d.1569) was one of the primary leaders of the protestant reformation. His followers developed what is now known as Calvinism, a theological system that focuses on God’s actions. Questions have periodically arisen about how Calvinism relates to missions … Continue reading

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