Jesus Fact #4 – Crucifixion (Full Historical Investigation).

Brilliant Easter article!

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Scholarly consensus on Jesus’ crucifixion:

Perhaps one of the best attested facts about Jesus is that he was crucified, a fact that many independent sources attest to. According to scholar James Dunn the crucifixion is of the “two facts in the life of Jesus command almost universal assent” and that it “rank[s] so high on the ‘almost impossible to doubt or deny’ scale of historical facts” (1). Likewise, skeptical critic Bart Ehrman tells us that: “The crucifixion of Jesus by the Romans is one of the most secure facts we have about his life” (2).

Scholar Luke Timothy Johnson (whose work we use as our course material for New Testament Studies) tells us that: “The support for the mode of his death, its agents, and perhaps its coagents, is overwhelming: Jesus faced a trial before his death, was condemned and executed by crucifixion” (3). Atheist historian Gerd Ludemann affirms that…

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Bible Contradictions: Psalm 145:9-God’s OT Acts

In this new apologetic series, I’m going to take a look at some of the alleged Bible contradictions brought forth by atheists and skeptics of Christianity. Today, Psalm 145:9 is our verse.

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Byrom On Dawkins’ Failure & How William Craig Brought Him to Christ

A brilliant testimony on how Peter Byrom found Christ through the arguments brought forth by apologist William Lane Craig.

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The Attractiveness of Atheism.

Peter Byrom: I came from a religious background. My parents are Christian. But that Christian upbringing, whatever faith you might say that I had at that time, that didn’t survive leaving my parents’ authority and going away to university. It was sincere doubts but also slightly less sincere desires. The two played off each other. The New Atheism and the Richard Dawkins books were perfect for that because they played up to both showing that atheism looked more attractive but also that it was more intellectually credible. So they were very persuasive.

What stuck with me the most from Richard Dawkins was that he defined “faith” as believing something without evidence or in the face of evidence. He would always be saying you need to base your beliefs on things that have good evidence, a good reason for them. So of course I completely agreed with…

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