Can historical study uncover the miraculous? Some say no. But as we study ancient historiography, we do arrive at a set of “bedrock facts”. These are facts that, although they are not known with 100% certainty, most scholars agree on. There are a set of historical “bedrock facts” that scholars agree on that can be used for arguing for Jesus’ resurrection. Brian Chilton lays out some of that argument here:
Atheist philosopher bites off more than he can chew when he asks a professional historian what has Christianity ever done for us? Tom Holland takes the question head on. Name just one thing that Christianity has ever done for civilization.
Teri Dugan takes a look at the literary and historical aspects of the Bible. The Bible is a large book that has affected countless lives and nations. But what exactly is it? Is it really God’s word? How can we know? Can we trust what it says?
J. Warner Wallace writes, “the biggest challenge to “theism” may not actually be “atheism.” Instead, the biggest threat to the future of the Church may be ‘apatheism.’” The many Christians that are apathetic about their faith are far more dangerous to the church than any evangelistic atheist. Apathy can be seen most clearly in teenagers. If you’ve ever volunteered in a Youth department at church, you know how hard it can be to get young people to care. J. Warner Wallace gives some good advice on how to face this problem:
Andy Tix, from “Psychology Today” writes on the non-intellectual factors that are taken into consideration by non-religious people. It is often said by atheists that Christians just believe for emotional/psychological reasons. What we are finding out is that no matter what you believe, there are strong psychological forces at play. However, none of this tells us what is, and what is not true.
In conversations concerning the resurrection, the fact that the apostles were willing to die for their belief is usually brought up. Now, you don’t need to defend the validity of every apostle’s martyrdom. In fact, I would just stick with Paul, Peter, Jame, and early church persecution in general. However, Sean McDowell explains some lines of evidence for the historical case of Thomas’ martyrdom in India. Pretty interesting.
Communicating effectively isn’t easy. What’s even more difficult is communicating in such a way as to persuade someone else to change their mind. Think about how difficult it would be for someone to change your mind on ________. I know it would be close to impossible to convince me that God does not exist, for example. I am convinced the evidence is overwhelming in God’s favor. Sean McDowell gives us good advice on how to be effective in pro-life conversations:
When was the last time you shared the Gospel with someone? Maybe it has been awhile. Maybe you never have. Ever wonder why that is? As Christians, we possess the greatest news the world has ever heard? Why do we seldom share it? J. Warner Wallace tackles our fears and offers a solution:
Cute title. But it is a good article. The disciples themselves, especially Paul, make good examples of how to engage skeptics. This transaction between Festus and the Apostle Paul is a good example for Christians to learn from. Don’t get offended. Stay rational, my friends.
There’s a lot of trash on the internet. My critics are thinking, “Like your website.” Touché. Imagine being a young Christian that hasn’t had their faith challenged and you stumble across an internet atheist article where the author is condescending and mocking. “Religious people are idiots and deserve to be mocked.” This was the anthem of the failed New Atheists. This can be intimidating to a young Christian. Tom Gilson gives advice on to help your kiddos: