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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REVILING CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM

In every era, some group must be especially singled out for hatred and ridicule. Some group must serve as the butt of our jokes. Some group must be blamed for our troubles. Some group must be identified as the enemy of the state. In this era, that group is Christian Fundamentalists. A Personal Story I …

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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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Considering St. Robert Bellarmine’s De Controversiis Part 2

In the last post of this series—part 1—it was discussed the historical disagreement of Thomas Paine, one of the founding fathers of the United States, arguing in his esteemed work Common Sense that theologically the ‘anti-monarchical’ passages of scripture had never been addressed—especially by those who supported monarchy as the best form of government. As …

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THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON BIBLICAL INERRANCY

What is this post about? It is about the argument between those who use the expression "biblical inerrancy" and those use the expression "biblical literalism". Those who say we can trust the Bible use the expression "biblical inerrancy". Those who say we cannot trust the Bible use the expression "biblical literalism". Oddly, Bing and Google …

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Thomas Paine, John Calvin, St. Robert Bellarmine and Forms of Government–Part 1

Common Sense is Thomas Paine’s great work in which he argued for the America Colonies' rejection of the rule of England’s monarchy and the rule of King George III. Paine famously argues by a commentary used for political means that 1 Samuel 8 is a rejection of Monarchy writing: “As the exalting one man so …

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Religion in the Soviet Union: What Culture’s Literature Can Explain about its Society. Part 3 of 3

The Soviet Union was not a nation that cared too much for dissenters of its engineered state philosophy of communism. In fact, when Boris Pasternak attempted to get his book Doctor Zhivago published by Novy Mir they rejected the title claiming that the “author’s point of view was incompatible with the spirit of the revolution and the …

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A Return of Authentic and Faithful Biblical Scholarship

Bible Scholar and Skeptic Bart Ehrman argues that the Gospels have been altered so much that they cannot be viewed as history,  Ehrman explains, “The authors too were human beings with needs, beliefs, worldview, opinions, loves, hates, longings, desires, situations, problems—surely all these affected what they wrote…” (Ramage, Jesus, Interpreted, 104). One of the pieces …

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