Is 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 an Interpolation?

Statement of Biases I see two major motivations at work in those who want to say this passage is an interpolation. That they are very much on opposite sides of the “spectrum” is curious.  There are those Christians who out of moral and theological motivations want to say that this passage is an interpolation becauseContinue reading “Is 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 an Interpolation?”

The Gospel Authors Knew Palestinian Geography

Talk to some skeptics, even skeptical scholars of the New Testament, and you will get the impression that the Gospels were written by non-eyewitnesses in distant lands by people who had never even met the historical Jesus. While there are a few ways to go about responding to someone like this, an interesting way toContinue reading “The Gospel Authors Knew Palestinian Geography”

Stop Dismissing John’s Gospel

The Gospel of John is often criticized for being written later. It is likewise criticized for having differences with the Synoptic Gospels. Since the Gospel is said to have a higher christology than the synoptics, it is said the Gospel of John is a later legend. Here’s why none of these critiques are valid. StopContinue reading “Stop Dismissing John’s Gospel”

The Atonement and Rethinking Hell

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Date from Rethinking Hell on the Help Me Believe Podcast. Chris is a Reformed (Calvinist) theologian that holds to a conditionalist view of hell. This view, also known as annihilationism, holds that unbelievers will not spend eternity in eternal torment, but will cease to exist after theContinue reading “The Atonement and Rethinking Hell”

What has Christianity ever done for us?

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. What has Christianity ever done for us?

Fun Facts About the Bible

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? A Case for the Old Testament: Bible ApologeticsContinue reading “Fun Facts About the Bible”

Don’t Take Offense. Make a Defense.

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. Don’t Take Offense. Make a Defense.

6 Reasons to Date the Gospels and Acts Early

The majority opinion in New Testament studies is that the four biographies written about Jesus–the Gospels–and the Book of Acts were written after 70 C.E. Mark was written first, then Matthew and Luke, and John was written in the 90s. Acts would have been written some time after Luke, obviously. The arguments put forward forContinue reading “6 Reasons to Date the Gospels and Acts Early”

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Gospel of Philip?

Friend of the podcast and cold case detective, J. Warner Wallace, writes about the Gospel of Philip. Why is it that we find the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John reliable, but not Philip? Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Gospel of Philip?

Jewish views about the Kingdom of God

Michael F. Bird writes about the kingdom of God and how it was understood in the Old Testament and Second-Temple literature. It is always helpful to understand how a text was first understood. Then we can get at what was originally intended. Jewish views about the Kingdom of God