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Bible Contradictions? A Response to Bart Ehrman

‘Just read the text,’ cries biblical studies author (and skeptic) Bart Ehrman again and again during his lecture Are the Gospels Historically Reliable? The Problem of Contradictions. Bart Ehrman puts forward some difficult passages … But a moment or two of thinking erased many of the contradictions. So, I did read the text. And, what I found is that Bart Ehrman puts forward some difficult passages for believers. But what I also found is that a moment or two of thinking erased many of the contradictions. Some of the contradictions were so fragile that it made me wonder if Bart...

Review: ‘Christians’ by Greg Sheridan

Journalist and author Greg Sheridan has just released a new book titled ‘Christians: The Urgent Case for Jesus in Our World’. He opens with this explanation of why he wrote it: This book is about the compelling, dramatic, gripping characters you meet in the New Testament. Above all, it is the search for Jesus. It seeks to meet him directly, in the New Testament, and in history, and to meet him indirectly through his friends, both his first friends, and some of his friends today.[1] Vividly written, compellingly argued, [Christians] will captivate believers and non-believers alike … Jesus jumps from...

Can the Olympic Games Help us Describe the Trinity?

The Trinity is one of the most profound mysteries of the Christian faith. God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; ’The Lord is One’), yet we also worship three distinct Persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—at the same time. Christian apologists, preachers and Sunday school teachers have struggled to illustrate and explain this union without straying into heresy. Some try to represent the oneness of God by using water—i.e. God is one and three in the same way that water can take the form of solid, liquid or gas. Other analogies liken God to things like eggs where there are different parts (e.g....

The Bible and Slavery

In a famous debate with Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris criticises the Bible for explicitly promoting slavery: But if you go to the books, and try to figure out what the creator of the universe wants with respect to the owning and needless immiseration of other people, he expects you to keep slaves, and he’s told you how to do it. Is that right? Is God okay with the slave trade? The Testaments consistently and unambiguously teach that you cannot own, and must not abuse or exploit, another person. The short answer is no—the Old and New Testaments consistently and unambiguously...

5 Secrets: How the Bible Helps You Understand Your Life and Its Meaning.

A Straightforward Introduction to Christianity* 1. You Matter Much More Than You Know. What makes a person significant? Some people think that the people who really matter are those with beauty, wealth, success or fame. Others think that it’s being creative or interesting that makes a person significant. Still others hope to find significance in romantic relationships or through improving the world. But the Bible says you already matter. God created us humans “in his image”—to be living symbols of him here on earth. Humans are like ambassadors or representatives of God. We have a job (to care for the...

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