The Synoptics vs. John and the Contradicting Chronology During Holy Week.

Here is a diagram of the two different sequences of events found in the Gospels for Passover: The Synoptic Calendar of the Passion: THURSDAY: Last Supper (Vigil of Passover), Arrest, and Court, FRIDAY (Passover): Trial Before Pilate, sent to Herod Antipas, Crucifixion and Death, SATURDAY: Tomb, and SUNDAY; Resurrection. The difficulty with this particular dating …

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Differing Resurrection Accounts and No Resurrection in Mark’s Gospel?

An objection I hear quite frequently from skeptics is that there is no resurrection account found in the Gospel of Mark. Honestly, I’ve always found this objection to the resurrection puzzling because more or less the Gospel of Mark in the first eight verses has the essential circumstantial evidence of the tomb of Jesus being …

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Pt. 3 C.S. Lewis’ Trilemma: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord.

Perhaps one of the most convincing arguments made by Bart Ehrman due to an emotional connection in recent Christian memory is the attempt to dispel the historicity of the gospels by challenging C.S. Lewis' trilemma proposition on Jesus Christ. Ehrman writes, “I had come to see that very premise of Lewis’ argument was flawed. The …

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Pt. 2 Bart Ehrman and Incoherent Gospels?

*NOTE: When I originally wrote these words, I was of the opinion of Markan priority for the Gospels. At the present moment, due to stumbling on the work of William R. Farmer and his book The Synoptic Problem, I am reconsidering Matthean priority.* The scholarly consensus dates Mark as the earliest canonical Gospel to be written …

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A Historiographical Critique of Modern Biblical Skepticism Pt. 1

The goal of this post is not to delve deep within a philosophical discourse or theological treatise, but rather to examine some critical ideas within Christian historical and theological thought to fully flesh out the context of the narrative of Jesus Christ in history. The thesis discussed is whether the narratives are historic in their …

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Hebron—A Tale of Biblical Scholarship and Archaeology

It’s no surprise that if there are no rocks that have been dug up then modernity’s skeptical approach wants to relegate Biblical narratives as a myth. The one aspect that needs to be stressed from an academic bias is that there is no unbiased scholarship—none; it doesn’t exist. For example, many skeptics will put forth …

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What Happens When Youtube Theologians Make Historic claims?

I'm curious when clerics or theologians make authoritative historical arguments what exactly are their credentials to make these historic claims? Perhaps, Fr. Casey has a degree in History; however, by the video, his presentation appears second hand. Fr. Casey even presents the 600,000 men argument against the Exodus narrative, which as someone trained as a …

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