Podcast: Did the Gospel Writers Get Historical Facts Right?

Skeptics say that the Gospel writers were reporting events from far away long after the events. Therefore, they bungle their facts when it comes to the history of their time and they can’t be relied upon. Here I demonstrate that the Gospel writers did, in fact, know their contemporary history extensively. An error made on my part in the video. I said the Jews worship on Sinai, which would be in Egypt! It’s supposed to be the Mount of Olives. 🤦‍♂️ Erik ManningErik is a Reasonable Faith Chapter Director located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He’s a former freelance baseball writer and the co-owner of a vintage and handmade decor business with his wife, Dawn. He … Read more

Podcast Episode: What Can We Learn About Jesus From the Roman Historian Tacitus?

What can we learn about Jesus and early Christianity from a Roman historian who hated Christians? As it turns out quite a bit. Some skeptics will even go so far as to dispute that Tacitus’ testimony about Jesus is even valid. I address those concerns as well as 6 key facts we can learn about Jesus from Tacitus. Resources: The Jesus Legend, Paul Rhodes Eddy and Greg Boyd Did Jesus Exist?, Bart Ehrman Can We Trust the Gospels?, Peter J.Williams (Not Who Wrote the Gospels? 🤦) Jesus Outside the New Testament: An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence (Studying the Historical Jesus), Robert Van Voorst Watch: Listen: Erik ManningErik is a Reasonable Faith Chapter Director located … Read more

Video: Would the Gospel Authors Flunk a Palestinian Geography Test?

Skeptics say that the Gospel writers make serious geographical errors, making them unreliable. Here I answer several examples that the critics provide. I also make the case that the Gospel writers were intimately familiar with Palestinian geography. This shows that they were not likely to be written by authors who were from far away or at least had no access to those very familiar with the land where the events reportedly happened. For the podcast version, you can listen and subscribe here: Sources and helpful links: Can We Trust the Gospels?, Peter J Williams, Alleged Historical Errors in the Gospels by Tim McGrew Part 1 Part 2 The Gospel Writers Knew Palestinian Geography, Ryan Leasure … Read more

Video: The Names of the 12: Evidence That the Gospel Writers Knew Their Stuff

Do Matthew and Luke contradict each other when it comes to the names of the Twelve Apostles? Some skeptics say yes, but there’s actually a very plausible solution that’s rooted in the historical data we have about what people were named during Jesus’ time. And as it turns out, the names actually provide good evidence that the Gospels were based on eyewitness testimony. If you’re more of a podcast person, You can listen and Subscribe here: References: Can We Trust the Gospels?, Peter J Williams, https://amzn.to/2QHP8s5 Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham https://amzn.to/3a2J4Cr Erik ManningErik is a Reasonable Faith Chapter Director located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He’s a former freelance baseball writer and the co-owner … Read more

Episode 8 – Is There Hidden Polytheism in the Bible? An Interview with Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy

In this podcast, I interview Michael Jones of Inspiring Philosophy. Skeptics say that the ancient Israelites weren’t religiously different than their near Eastern neighbors. Yahweh was just their tribalistic god among the pantheon. It was only until the time of the Babylonian captivity did the Jews become monotheistic. But is there any evidence for these claims? Jones takes on these arguments and makes the case for ancient Biblical monotheism. For More: Michael’s YouTube channel and Patreon Unseen Realm by Michael Heiser God in Translation by Michael Smith Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament by John Walton Spiritual Beings Playlist by The Bible Project is a good video intro that incorporates some of Heiser’s … Read more

Podcast Episode 7 – The Early Dating of the Gospels

Early Dating of the Gospels

Skeptical scholars date the Gospels 40-60 years after the death of Jesus. If that’s the case, can they be reliable sources if they are so late after the events? As it turns out, there’s one main reason skeptics date the Gospels late, and it isn’t a very good reason. There are 13 different lines of evidence to think the Gospels were written well before 65 AD that I lay out in this show. References: 84 Reasons Why We Know Luke Was a Travelling Companion of Paul – isjesusalive.com. Is Bart Ehrman Right When He Says Half of Paul’s Letters are Forgeries? – CapturingChristianity.com The Reliability of Acts (Video) – Dr. Tim McGrew How We Know … Read more

Episode 6: the Mirror or the Mask? An Interview With Dr. Lydia McGrew

In my first ever podcast interview, I interview scholar Dr. Lydia McGrew regarding her upcoming book Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices, which comes up December 10th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com. The book has been positively reviewed by noted Christian scholars like Peter J. Williams, JP Moreland, and Craig Blomberg. She is a widely published analytic philosopher, specializing in formal and classical theory of knowledge, testimony, and the philosophy of religion. She received her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University in 1995. She is the author of the widely acclaimed Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts (DeWard, 2017), which defends the reliability of the New Testament using a long-neglected argument from … Read more

Episode 5 – Fulfilled Prophecy or Fish Story? Jesus and the Sign of Jonah

When arguing for the resurrection of Jesus, Christian apologists often make a historical case for the empty tomb and the appearances of Jesus that occurred after his death. I’d be the last person in the world to say that isn’t a legitimate way to argue, but there’s an additional reason to believe in the resurrection that flies under the radar: Jesus’ resurrection was a fulfillment of Scripture. The New Testament writers are pretty emphatic on this point.  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead… (Luke 24:45-46) For I delivered to you … Read more

Episode 4 – 18 Passages That Prove Bart Ehrman Wrong: Mark Believes Jesus is God

Bart Ehrman says that Mark has a much lower Christology than John does. Since Mark is the first gospel to be written, there’s some obvious legendary development that happened. But is that really true? Here I go over 18 different passages that show that Mark had just as high of a Christology as John. NOTES: Does the Gospel of Mark Present Jesus as God? – Michael J. Kruger 18 Passages From Mark’s Gospel That Prove That Mark Had a High Christology Bart Ehrman Stumbles Upon the Deity of Christ – Brant Pitre asks Erhman about the deity of Christ in Mark The Case for Jesus (book) – Brant Pitre Erik ManningErik is a Reasonable Faith … Read more

Podcast Episode 3 – Debunking Jesus Mythicists’ Mishandling of Josephus

When Christians are asked where Jesus is mentioned outside of the New Testament, many of them will reply that Josephus mentions Jesus twice. But some ‘Jesus-Mythicists’ will claim that isn’t true. Here I interact with some of the mythicists, notably the popular YouTuber Godless Engineer and investigate if they’re really looking at the Josephus text fairly. Links and other References: Video: Why Josephus Doesn’t Prove the Historicity Of Jesus || Did Jesus Exist – Godless Engineer (Warning – there’s a bit of profanity in the video) Book: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth – Dr. Bart Ehrman, an agnostic Biblical scholar Book: The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability … Read more