Is the Bible we have now what was originally written 2,000 years ago?
Is what was written down true?
oo:00 preliminary music
01:22 Josh starts speaking
04:35 – 6:50 Graphic: “Do you think that the Bible we have today is the same Bible that was first written?” followed by people on the street giving their answers.
11:08 – 12:12 Josh articulates the two questions that this video is intended to answer (see above)
12:13 – 14:26 Graphic: “Do you believe that truth is discovered or created?” followed by people on the street giving their answers.
18:49 – 19:43 First chart, showing “Time Gap from Original Writing to Earliest Survived Manuscript” (see more below)
22:46 – 23:56 Second chart, “Number of Manuscripts That Have Survived” (see more below)
24:07 – 24:43 The Illiad by Homer at 643 manuscripts is second among documents from antiquity. [David Limbaugh in Jesus on Trial (2014; Kindle edition location 3979) says recent discoveries from the period 300-150 B.C. have brought this total to 1,800.*]
27:00 – Josh’s second question: Was what was written down true?
43:50 – 45:07 Graphic: “Do You Believe the Bible Is the Word of God?” followed by people on the street giving their answers.
First chart: “Time Gap from Original Writing to Earliest Survived Manuscript”
Pliny the Younger – 750 years
Julius Caesar (“Gallic Wars”) – 1,000 years
Plato – 1,200 years
Aristotle – 1,400 years
Sophocles – 1,400 years
Euripedes – 1,500 years
New Testament – 50 to 75 years
Caesar (“Gallic Wars”) – 10
Plato – 7
Tacitus – 20
Thucydides – 7 (1,300 year gap)
Herodotus – 8 (1,400 year gap)
Pliny the Younger – 7
Sophocles – 193
Euripedes – 9
Aristotle – 49
Homer – see note above on number of copies
New Testament – 24,633 [Since Greek NT manuscripts number 5,000 to 6,000, Josh must be including translations.]
The answer depends on how a person defines evolution. Its meaning is very elastic. In one sense it may be widely held, but in no sense does it seem to be widely understood in a common way.
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Why Is Evolution So Widely Believed? | ClearThinking Christianity. [Editorial note, September 27, 2015: Apparently, this site no longer exists. You can at least still see the beginning of the article at the Ratio Christi link below.]
It isn’t just bestselling atheists like Dawkins who make this faux pas. A measured journalist like ABC Radio National’s Michael Cathcart recently ventured unknowingly into the heavyweight ring and got caught out. In an otherwise excellent interview with Salman Rushdie, Cathcart remarked, “There’s no doubt at all that Mohammed was a real person, whereas Jesus is a person who is at least ambiguous in the question of whether he existed or not.” I say “caught out” because Cathcart promptly received a gentle correction from two of Australia’s best known Roman historians, Professors Alanna Nobbs and Edwin Judge. “In our judgment,” they wrote, “the second part of your statement is quite far from reality.” They explained, “While historical and theological debates remain about the actions and significance of this figure, his fame as a teacher, and his crucifixion under the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, may be described as historically certain.”
Matt Rawlings is a Teaching Pastor at Christ’s Community Church in Portsmouth, OH and an Attorney and a Regional Director of Leadership Development for Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ministry.