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Does Science Disprove the Existence of God? #1 Post of 2012

| January 2, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt As I’ve read comments on the blog over the years, I’ve often read a version of the following: “science disproves the existence of God.”  Even prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins and Victor Stenger say something similar.  Edgar Andrews, in his book Who Made God?, points out that this argument can be circular. […]

Do Historical Scholars Think Jesus Existed? #2 Post of 2012

| December 31, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Every once in a while, you may hear from hyper-skeptics that Jesus probably never existed, or that if he did exist, we cannot know anything about him because the historical evidence is so poor.  Mike Licona, in his book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, provides a sampling of […]

Are You Worried About the Unpardonable Sin? Part 1 – #3 Post of 2012

| December 28, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt If you are worried, then it’s likely that you have not committed the unpardonable sin.  This sin is first mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew in chapter 12, verses 31-32, in the context of Jesus’s healing of a demon-possessed man.  As always, when reading the Bible, we need to look at […]

Why Don’t Atheists Want There to Be a God? #4 Post of 2012

| December 26, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt A common theme we have revisited on this blog is that the decision to believe in God or not believe in God is more than an intellectual exercise – there are always psychological and emotional factors at play as well.  This is contrary to the received wisdom of many atheists who argue that belief […]

Why Is Paul So Important to Historians Studying the Resurrection of Jesus? #5 Post of 2012

| December 21, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Historical scholar Mike Licona, in his book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, asks just this question.  His answer is important to understand. A priority must be assigned to Paul because he is the earliest known author to mention the resurrection of Jesus, and there are numerous extant texts he […]

How Did the Early Church Recognize the Canonicity of a Book? #6 Post of 2012

| December 19, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt There is a misconception, popularized by books like The Da Vinci Code, that the way the books of the Bible were chosen consisted of politically infused church councils voting on the books they liked, and voting out the books they didn’t like.  However, a careful reading of church history totally disproves […]

Is There Ever Enough Evidence for the Hyper-Skeptic? #7 Post of 2012

| December 17, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Recently I was listening to the Unbelievable podcast and heard something telling from atheist James Croft.  As he was discussing the historical, eyewitness evidence of Jesus’s resurrection with Christian Chris Sinkinson, he said the following (this is a paraphrase of what he said): The amount of eyewitness testimony of the death and […]

What Are the Best Arguments for Traditional Marriage? #8 Post of 2012

| December 14, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt The citizens of North Carolina voted Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 61% to 39% in favor of adding an amendment to the state constitution that re-affirms the traditional view of marriage between one man and one woman.  Even though this was an overwhelming victory, it still saddens me that so many people […]

Are Children Worse Off When Raised in Same-Sex Homes? #9 Post of 2012

| December 12, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Traditional marriage advocates have often argued that children are better off when they are raised by their married biological mother and biological father.  The data is overwhelmingly in favor of married parents as opposed to single parents. Those who support gay marriage almost always counter this data by saying that single […]

How Do Other Ancient Texts Compare to the New Testament? #10 Post of 2012

| December 11, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt When considering the trustworthiness of the New Testament (NT) documents, the first question we need to ask is, “Have these documents been accurately transmitted to us since they were originally written?” In order to answer this question about the textual transmission of documents of the ancient world, historians look at the number of […]

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