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How real was Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

It never occurred to me, when I wrote my Touchstone article on the Jesus-legend theory, how many readers would find it hard to understand Jesus’ sacrifice as being truly genuine. Recently Andy wrote,

it is inconceivable to me how an infinite being could “sacrifice” anything – if Jesus was God allmighty, and he knew that he was, then he was never in any real danger and didn´t sacrifice anything. To “sacrifice” means to give up something valuable – but what has he …

 

I don’t understand indifference toward Jesus Christ

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Of all the possible ways to think about Jesus Christ, the one that baffles me most is indifference. He is the most remarkable character in all history and literature, and for that reason alone he deserves a close look. I don’t think that’s disputable. Obviously there’s debate as to whether he’s an historical character or a fictional one. The thing is, though, either way, he stands out above all the rest.

He stands out in the eyes of the other major religions. As Craig Hazen …


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Something Different About This Philosopher

Monday, September 8th, 2014

A philosopher came through the university, explaining the purpose of life, the way to happiness, the answer to the question of immortality, and the truth about right and wrong, good and evil.

He spoke plainly. He avoided argument except over his right he speak; for he spoke on his own authority, and as if speaking for God himself: “It is true because because God says so, and I speak for God. My words are attested by the power of my works. Search the Scriptures and …

 

Jesus, Authority, and Knowledge

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Jesus Christ  came to inaugurate a new Kingdom entirely under his own authority. Inevitably this produced a clash: one does not simply claim authority as king where another is already enthroned. Jesus’ Kingdom was “not of this world,’ yet even so it got him crucified.

On the surface it sounds like a classic political power struggle. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll find that Jesus’ authority challenge was like no other. If you’ve never seen this, you’ve never understood Jesus Christ.

Authority Structures: Government, …


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Seek God Sensibly: On His Own Terms

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Is there a God? How would we know?

Among atheists today there is a sizable subset who think that if God is real, he ought to be detectable through science. I can see the appeal in thinking that, since science tells us so much about the world. Even better, it has ways to adjudicate factual disputes, especially when it’s possible to employ very careful measurement and control of variables.

Ironically, those are exactly the factors that make science a poor way to detect the reality …

 

Do You Think About God As He Truly Is?

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

If these questions don’t challenge you to the depth of your intellect, you’re not thinking of God as God really is:

Read through the list, and then I’ll explain more of what I meant by that.

When God created space, where did he put it? Where did God get the idea of energy and matter? When God caused the beginning of the created order, what gave him the idea of “beginning”? Where did beauty come from? What processes and methods did God use to create …


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Good News in Jesus Christ!

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

The other day Shane Fletcher and I were talking briefly about what the Gospel really is. He said he’d like to know better. So would I, in many (many!) ways. It’s so multifaceted!

What is this good news in Jesus Christ?

The Gospel comes from root words meaning “good news,” which it really is, centered in Jesus Christ. At the heart of it all is this: God’s love for you and me, and all the world. We, like all others, have rejected his love …

 

“He May Well Be On To Something… This Argues for Historicity” — Daniel B. Wallace

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Daniel B. Wallace, a leading New Testament scholar, responds to my recent Touchstone article on the historicity of Jesus:

The May/June 2014 issue of Touchstone has come out. In it is a provocative and, I might say, Lewis-esque piece of writing by Tom Gilson, the National Field Director of Ratio Christi…. He may well be on to something. In turn, this argues for historicity.

 

“Is This a Powerful New Apologetic Argument?”

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Bob Seidensticker looks at my “Too Good Not To Be Trueargument against Jesus-legend theory, asking “Is this a powerful new apologetic argument?” He finds it lacking. I find his assessment lacking.

Here’s why. To begin with, he says,

He would say that Jesus was God and therefore the creator of everything. Let’s ignore the fact that the Trinity was an invention centuries after the gospels and consider what God supposedly created.

The doctrine of the Trinity doesn’t enter in to my …

 

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