Today I’m announcing a new argument for the historicity of the Gospels, published just now through Touchstone Magazine.
The editors have titled it The Gospel Truth
Of Jesus: What Happens to Apologetics If We Add “Legend” to the Trilemma “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord”?.
The main point of the argument: Jesus Christ is greater than you knew.
I say that with all confidence. I say it to atheists and skeptics, who doubt that his reality is great at all, or who even doubt his reality. I say it to long-time followers of Jesus Christ who have some inkling of his greatness. Ironically it is the ones who know something of the truth of Jesus who are most aware of how far they are from apprehending the fullness of that truth.
There is an aspect of Jesus’ greatness that I think even the most committed skeptic must recognize. Jesus displayed a certain ethical perfection that ought to be uncontroversial, even among those who think his story is nothing more than a story, and even among those who aren’t sure that he exhibited every virtue to its fullest.
I use the word perfection advisedly. This is a side of Jesus Christ that I did not see until recently. I have discussed it with several major New Testament scholars who agreed with me that it has implications they had not previously seen.
For those who know Jesus Christ, it is cause to worship him more profoundly.
For those who know Christ, it’s also one of the simplest and yet strongest ways I know of to explain why the Gospel accounts must be true.
For those who do not yet follow him, it’s a good reason to look further into the accounts of his life, and consider how incredibly implausible it is that they arose as mere legend.
I have been told by at least one major New Testament historian (and I will seek permission from the source before saying who it was) that this topic is worth bringing into widespread discussion.
(I trust that commenters here will read the article and make that the topic of discussion and not this teaser, which is not intended to present the actual argument.)
The main thing, though, is that it’s about the greatness of Jesus Christ, who, once again I say, is too great not to be true.