Critics claim the New Testament canon was decided by the Council of Nicaea (325 AD). Another claim is that the Council of Nicaea invented the divinity of Jesus. It is also sometimes argued that Emperor Constantine either decided on the canon or invented the divinity of Christ. Do any of these claims have any historical foundation?
I’m a little behind posting this. I appeared on Beyond Beliefs, an atheist YouTube channel on Monday. First time I’ve done something like this; way out of my comfort zone. How’d I do? What could I do better (other than never do that again 😉)? Leave me feedback. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PTn9C_5OD3k&feature=youtu.be
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
Recently there have been a series of high-profile Christian leaders who have walked away from the Church or were involved in scandals. Understandably, this has shaken many Christians; especially those with a connection to these leaders. It has also been used by atheist and critics in an attempt to attack the truth of Christianity. BothContinue reading “When Spiritual Leaders Fail”
Simply believing that something is true doesn’t necessarily mean you trust it. It’s the same with Christianity. Let’s look at the difference between “belief that” and “belief in”.
When discussing the divinity of Jesus, critics will often put forward the idea that Jesus never made the claim “I am God”. And they are right, He never said those specific words, but is that the whole story or could there be more to it?
The questions for this post are; can these accounts be accepted as accurate eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus, the growth of the early Church, and early Christology among believers? Do these writings bear the hallmarks we expect from eyewitness accounts? Were there motivating factors that would have led the Gospel writers to lie about the story?
In Part I, we will examine whether there is evidence to show that the Gospels, and other New Testament books, were written early enough to be considered historically accurate. We will also compare the New Testament to other historical works to see how they compare to these accepted histories.
I’ve been asked what type of dog is in all the pictures on our Sheepdog Apologetics webpage and Facebook and Twitter pages. I’ve also been asked if there is a significance to this dog. This post will briefly look at why this particular breed exemplifies our spirit and goals as apologists. A Breed Straight OutContinue reading “The Significance of a Sheepdog for Apologists”
“things that have been made” Point to God: The Teleological Argument
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Romans 1:20
So far, we have discussed how objective truth points to God (the Moral Argument) and the creation of the universe points to God (the Cosmological Argument). This week we look at the Teleological Argument; the argument from design.
We all have a feeling that things aren’t right in this world. Artist struggle to create a perfect image, philosophers opine on the nature of right and wrong, and politicians pursue utopias within society. All these show a deep-seated understanding that this world should be better. The question is what is the standard we use to determine “better”. It requires objective standards of truth and morality.
If you were put on trial on a charge of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? — Lee Strobel (@LeeStrobel) April 29, 2021 How would you answer?
In a previous post we discussed truth and nature of truth. This week we continue that discussion by looking at postmodernism and relativism. We’ll also address what this means for the pluralism that seems to be creeping into the Church. Are all Truths True? Try this experiment with a group of friends. Have everyone inContinue reading “Postmodernism, Pluralism, and the Church.”