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Was Jesus a Miracle Worker?

| March 6, 2015

There continue to be liberal Christians, and even non-Christians, who really like the moral teachings of Jesus (e.g., “Love your neighbor”), but who set aside the accounts of his miracles (e.g., raising Lazarus from the dead). They chalk them up to legend or they insist that the miracles were not what his ministry was about. […]

If We Witness a Miracle, Will We Believe?

| October 29, 2014

Some skeptics claim that if they only see a miracle, they will believe in God. If God would write something in the clouds, or appear in a burning bush and speak directly to them, they would believe. Let’s test this theory out. What we find when we read the Book of Exodus is that God […]

Did the Israelites Cross a Reed Sea or Red Sea?

| August 27, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Many Hebrew scholars have noted the words for “Red Sea” (yam suph) can also be translated as “sea of reed” or “reed sea.” This leads to the question of whether the Israelites merely crossed a marsh rather than a deep body of water. A marsh of reeds, after all, would cause […]

Were the Ten Plagues Natural Occurrences or Miracles?

| July 18, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Many scholars have noted that many, if not all, of the ten plagues in Exodus 7-12 can be explained by natural causes. According to Robert Bergen in the Apologetics Study Bible, Some have suggested that bacteria turned the waters red, and the poisoned waters killed the fish and forced the frogs […]

How Is a Messenger of God Confirmed? Part 2

| January 15, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1, we looked at the first sign that God promised to show the enslaved Israelites in order to prove that Moses was God’s true messenger. We now continue with the second sign. Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his […]

How Is a Messenger of God Confirmed? Part 1

| January 13, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Here is a typical conversation I’ve had on the blog with skeptics many times: Skeptic: “What if a person today, claiming to be a prophet of God, comes along and tells you to do something? Wouldn’t you have to do it?” Me: “Only if they could prove they were a true […]

Do Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence? Part 4

| June 29, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In this fourth post of the series, we will examine a final reason why the maxim that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence fails as a paradigm for determining  burden of proof.  Mike Licona argues that even if we accept this maxim at face value, it still has intractable problems. Let us suppose that […]

Is Testimony Really That Unreliable? Part 3

| April 20, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Recall that in part 2, we looked at a couple skeptics’ views on testimony.  The first skeptic’s view appeared to be self-defeating, but the second skeptic singled out testimony about supernatural events, thus avoiding the self-defeating approach of the first skeptic.  However, the second skeptic has a different sort of problem, which […]

Is Testimony Really That Unreliable? Part 2

| April 18, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In the previous post, we talked about the role of testimony in our everyday lives.  There are some, however, who cast serious doubts on the reliability of testimony.  Here is a typical quote from a skeptic who commented on this blog: As we all should know, eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable. There are […]

Is Testimony Really That Unreliable? Part 1

| April 16, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt There are 3 ways that a person can gain knowledge: experience, reason, and testimony.  Experience simply means that we observe something directly with one of our five senses for ourselves (e.g., “There is a computer screen in front of me”).  Reason means that we make rational and logical inferences from knowledge we […]

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