Doubting Thomas Gets It Right

I have an embarrassing confession. My favorite disciple has always been Thomas.  Yes, THAT Thomas.  The guy who refused to believe Jesus was alive until he saw it with his own eyes. We don’t get a lot of information about Thomas in the Gospels or anywhere else in scripture.  His claim to fame is, and the label Continue Reading

Can The Wrong Tomb Theory Explain The Resurrection?

In this series, we have been discussing the Minimal Facts approach to the resurrection of Jesus. We began by explaining that certain facts about Jesus’ life and death by crucifixion were agreed upon by a majority of New Testament scholars. Even skeptical scholars who don’t believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead agree with these Continue Reading

Can The Swoon Theory Explain The Resurrection?

In my previous post, I explained why the challenge that “Jesus was just a legend” does not fit the facts surrounding the event.  We looked at our list of 12 minimal facts surrounding the resurrection and determined that the legend theory explains none of the agreed upon facts.  Let’s now look and see if the Swoon Theory Continue Reading

Was Jesus A Legend?

We’ve been looking at the resurrection of Jesus in our last few posts.  We introduced the minimal facts approach to Jesus’ resurrection.  I then explained the minimal facts we would be using as we looked at alternate explanations for the resurrection.  We explained why facts 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12 are accepted by nearly all scholars in the field Continue Reading

Just The Facts On Jesus’ Resurrection

It seems like Christmas has just passed, and already we are just weeks away from celebrating Easter. I always marvel at the quick turnaround from celebrating Jesus’ birth to the somber remembrance of his death on the cross. The days from Advent to Christmas, and Lent to Easter fly by rapidly.   Is the Resurrection Important? Continue Reading

4 Early Non-Christian Sources For Jesus

In my last post, I made the case that Jesus was a real, living human being and not a myth like other ancient gods.  I used the early dating of the New Testament documents to show that there was not enough time between when the events of Jesus life were recorded and when they actually Continue Reading

Was Jesus Just a Myth?

As I mentioned in my podcast earlier this week, one of the first things to make me seriously consider Christianity was the discovery that Jesus actually existed in history. This came as a complete shock to me. I had always assumed that Jesus was a myth just like Zeus, Apollo, Osiris, Mithras and a host Continue Reading