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Providing answers to questions about the resurrection of Jesus and the Christian worldview.

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Providing answers to questions about the resurrection of Jesus and the Christian worldview.

    Jesus Mythicism Debunked - Paul Knew About the Historical Jesus

    Jesus Mythicism Debunked - Paul Knew About the Historical Jesus

    Over 99% of historical scholarship acknowledges that Jesus was a real person. It doesn’t matter if that scholar is liberal or conservative, or Christian, atheist, agnostic or Jewish. The 1% of historians that believe Jesus is a myth are mostly...

    • 21 min
    A Religiously Neutral Historical Test For Miracle Claims

    A Religiously Neutral Historical Test For Miracle Claims

    Following the tradition of the famous 18th-century philosopher David Hume, skeptics will often accuse Christians of special pleading. We eagerly accept the resurrection of Jesus and other miracles reported in the Bible. But we’re just as swift to reject miracle claims made by other religions. Critics will say if you accept one miracle, you have to open up the floodgates to them all. But is that true? Could there be a way to sift through all the noise?Enter Charles Leslie’s terse yet powerful book A Short and Easy Method With the Deists. This booklet is around 40 pages, but it packs a punch. Leslie’s method is a religiously neutral test regarding how we can judge an event as undeniably historical. Here I summarize Leslie's book and show how it's still relevant hundreds of years later. A Short and Easy Method with the Deists (Free!) : https://books.google.com/books?id=0p0PAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=intitle:Deists+inauthor:Charles+inauthor:Leslie&lr=&as_brr=1&hl=en#v=onepage&q&f=falseSupport me on Patreon: https://patreon.com/isjesusaliveTo read more on this topic: https://isjesusalive.com/leslie-short-and-easy-method-with-the-deists/For more older works on historical apologetics: https://historicalapologetics.org/download-the-books/

    • 16 min
    How Investigating Paul's Conversion Turned A Skeptic Into A Christian Apologist

    How Investigating Paul's Conversion Turned A Skeptic Into A Christian Apologist

    Here’s a very simple proof for Christianity. I’m warning you though, you’re going to be tempted to dismiss it because it’s sneakily uncomplicated. Are you ready for it? OK, here goes:Premise 1: Paul converted. Premise 2: Therefore Christianity is true.OK, I’m kidding. Sort of. But I think that we sometimes fail to appreciate the evidential power of Paul’s conversion. Investigating Paul’s story is what turned a formerly self-proclaimed infidel into a believer and Christian apologist. His name is George Lyttleton. He poses a quadrilemma. Either Paul was 1.) a liar. 2.) crazy 3.) deceived by others 4.) Christianity is true.

    • 30 min
    Historical Evidence For Jesus's Feeding Of The 5000

    Historical Evidence For Jesus's Feeding Of The 5000

    The feeding of the 5000 is one of Jesus’ most popular miracles. If you grew up in church, you probably saw it depicted on many a flannel graph. You know the story: Jesus was in a deserted place where large crowds were hanging on his every word. When it started to get late, Jesus’ disciples asked him to disperse the gathering to the surrounding villages so they could grab a bite to eat. Rather than sending them home, Jesus took five loaves and two fish and fed the multitude. The young lad who shared his food became famous that day and was sent home with 12 baskets full of leftovers. Critics of the Bible tend to laugh at this miracle story. It sounds like a pious fiction meant only to teach that God can do a lot even when given very little. Or maybe it’s meant to make Jesus look like another Moses. Just as the children of Israel were fed with manna and quail from heaven under Moses, so Jesus miraculously provides a big crowd some Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. But what if I told you that this story has some real evidential basis? No, seriously. Hear me out for a sec.The evidence for the feeding of the 5000 comes in the form of some internal evidence that goes by the funny name of ‘undesigned coincidences’.

    • 23 min
    Did The Gospel Writers Get Historical Facts Right?

    Did The Gospel Writers Get Historical Facts Right?

    Skeptics say that the Gospel writers were reporting events from far away long after the events. Therefore, they bungle their facts when it comes to the history of their time and they can't be relied upon. Here I demonstrate that the Gospel writers did, in fact, know their contemporary history extensively. There's an error made on my part in the recording: I said the Jews worship on Sinai, which would be in Egypt! It's supposed to be the Mount of Olives. 🤦‍♂️

    • 19 min
    What Can We Learn About Jesus From Tacitus?

    What Can We Learn About Jesus From Tacitus?

    This is from my new YouTube channel Sunday School Apologetics. You can check it out at http://youtube.com/c/SundaySchoolApologeticsWhat can we learn about Jesus and early Christianity from a Roman historian who hated Christians? As it turns out quite a bit. Some skeptics will even go so far as to dispute that Tacitus' testimony about Jesus is even valid. I address those concerns as well as 6 key facts we can learn about Jesus from Tacitus.

    • 15 min

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