Early Christians Honored Marriage | Michael J. Kruger

New Testament scholar Michael J. Kruger shows how sexual ethics clearly distinguished early Christians from the broader society.  Good thing they didn’t compromise sexual purity in order to advance the movement.

(3 min read; 787 words)

One Trait that Set Apart the Earliest Christians | TGC | The Gospel Coalition.
(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

 

How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace shows how Clement, Ignatius, and Polycarp bear early 2nd Century witness to the 1st-century writings of the New Testament.

(4 min read; 904 words)

How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity.
(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace compares the biblical witnesses with hostile Jewish and Gentile witnesses.

(13 min read; 3,110 words)

Why the Ancient Christian Record About Jesus Is the Most Reliable | Cold Case Christianity.

“The Early Text of the New Testament” is Now in Paperback – Michael Kruger

Michael J. Kruger announces on his blog the availability of the paperback edition of this book ($45) for those who thought that the hardback edition ($175) was too expensive.  I think there is a Kindle version for $99 as well.)

Kruger edited this book along with Charles E. Hill, professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.

“The Early Text of the New Testament” is Now in Paperback | Canon Fodder.

Dan Wallace and Darrell Bock on the Formation of the New Testament Canon

The first half of this clip features Dan Wallace; the second half, Darrell Bock.

(Time 5:50)

Are There Other Resurrection Myths? – William Lane Craig

One of today’s urban myths is that antiquity is filled with myths of dying and rising gods of which Christianity was just a copy-cat formulation.  In less than two minutes, Christian philosopher William Lane Craig sets the record straight.

Are There Other Resurrection Myths? – YouTube.

(ht: Stephen J. Bedard at Hope’s Reason)

Early Church Growth – Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor reports:

Robert Louis Wilken, emeritus professor of history at the University of Virginia:

At the end of the first century there were fewer than ten thousand Christians in the Roman Empire. The population at the time numbered some sixty million, which meant that Christians made up one hundredth of one percent or 0.0017 percent according to the figures of a contemporary sociologist.

Of course, such numbers are estimates and must be taken with a grain of salt.  That said, they do bring Jesus’ words from Luke 12:32 to mind and remind us as well of the time of Gideon when God said to decrease – rather than increase – the number of warriors to be deployed for battle (see Judges 7, where God reduced Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300).  As God said through Jonathan, “The Lord is not restrained to save by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6).

For the rest of this post from Justin Taylor, see Early Church Growth – Justin Taylor.

Craig Evans Rebuts Bart Ehrman

Craig Evans and others have written the book How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature—A Response to Bart Ehrman in order to refute Bart Ehrman’s most recent book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee.  In this video clip, Craig Evans is interviewed about the two books by Jerry Johnston of 100 Huntley Street.

(ht: Michael Bird, one of Evans’ co-authors)