Do We Have the Original Text? Some Optimism in Textual Criticism | Michael J. Kruger

Mike Kruger’s closing words in this article:

Although we can acknowledge that absolute certainty about every single variant is unattainable, we can also acknowledge that absolute certainty is not necessary.  We can recover a text so very close to the original that it is more than sufficient for accurately communicating the message of the Scriptures.

(3 min read; 768 words)

Do We Have the Original Text? Some Optimism in Textual Criticism | Canon Fodder.

Why You Can Trust Your Bible | Justin Holcomb

Excerpt:

The earliest manuscripts of the works of first-century historians such as Josephus, Tacitus, and Suetonius are dated from the 9th to 11th centuries—more than 800 years after the originals were written. In terms of the number of surviving manuscripts, there are 200 for Suetonius, 133 for Josephus, and 75 for Herodotus.

When we compare these ancient texts to the New Testament, the difference astonishes. For instance, the earliest New Testament manuscript is from around AD 125, while significant portions of the Gospels are represented in manuscripts from the late 2nd to early 3rd century. Whereas the best ancient historical works have 500 to 800 years between the actual date the work was written and the date of the earliest surviving manuscript, there is less than a 100-year gap between the writing of the Gospels and the manuscripts we possess. This difference cannot be overstated.

(4 min read; 869 words)

Why You Can Trust Your Bible | TGC | The Gospel Coalition.
(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg by Ratio Christi)

What the Earliest Non-Biblical Authors Say About Jesus | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace quotes Ignatius and Polycarp (disciples of the apostle John) as well as Clement (disciple of the apostle Paul), and makes reference to other sources, too.

(4 min read; 1,017 words)

What the Earliest Non-Biblical Authors Say About Jesus (Free Bible Insert) | Cold Case Christianity.

A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent

Opening excerpts:

Professor James M. Tour is one of the ten most cited chemists in the world…He is currently a Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Rice University. He has authored or co-authored 489 scientific publications and his name is on 36 patents.

On Professor Tour’s Website, there’s a very revealing article on evolution and creation, in which Tour bluntly states that he does not understand how macroevolution could have happened…

(8 min read; 1,989 words)

A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution | Uncommon Descent.

(HT:  Greg West at The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)

Conclusions About Historical Accuracy of the Bible by Glenn Smith

This post is mainly about the historical reliability of Luke-Acts.

Excerpts:

– The best evidence shows that Luke and Acts were composed by 60 A.D.

– Luke and Acts are so well attested historically and archaeologically that they have more support than any other book in ancient history.

– There is no reasonable way that Luke/Acts could have been written by anyone other than someone living in the region in the first century.

(4 min read; 1,021 words)

Conclusions About Historical Accuracy of the Bible | Thomistic Bent
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HT: Greg West at The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

(This Is Not) Where I Belong by Building 429

There’s definitely a sense in which a rock concert, a music video, and “cool-looking” musicians are incongruent with the message of this song.  Nevertheless, it’s a simple, memorable, and moving anthem to the transience of life down here and the superiority of the life to come.

And it’s hope-inducing to think of young people in droves singing out a credo so dear to my own heart.

Let us shun the lusts of the world and live for the pleasure of our Lord!

Beyond Teachable Moments | Christian Parents Training up the Next Generation

Beyond Teachable Moments | Christian Parents Training up the Next Generation.

(HT: Greg West at The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)

The Bible Is Not One Book | J.W. Wartick

When one part of the Bible confirms another part, it is not one book confirming itself – which would be circular reasoning.  Rather, it is one book confirming a different book.  This is because the Bible is a collection of books.

(3 min read; 798 words)

The Bible Is Not One Book | J.W. Wartick -“Always Have a Reason”.

(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg at Ratio Christi)