Podcast: A Religiously Neutral Historical Test For Miracle Claims

Following the tradition of the famous 18th-century philosopher David Hume, skeptics will often accuse Christians of special pleading. We eagerly accept the resurrection of Jesus and other miracles reported in the Bible. But we’re just as swift to reject miracle claims made by other religions. Critics will say if you accept one miracle, you have to open up the floodgates to them all. But is that true? Could there be a way to sift through all the noise? Enter Charles Leslie’s terse yet powerful book A Short and Easy Method With the Deists. You can download it here for free! This booklet is around 40 pages, but it packs a punch. Leslie’s method is a … Read more

Podcast: How Investigating Paul’s Conversion Turned a Skeptic Into a Christian Apologist

Here’s a very simple proof for Christianity. I’m warning you though, you’re going to be tempted to dismiss it because it’s sneakily uncomplicated. Are you ready for it? OK, here goes: Premise 1: Paul converted. Premise 2: Therefore Christianity is true. OK, I’m kidding. Sort of. But I think that we sometimes fail to appreciate the evidential power of Paul’s conversion. Investigating Paul’s story is what turned a formerly self-proclaimed infidel into a believer and Christian apologist. His name is George Lyttleton and he posed a quadrilemma. Either Paul was: a liar crazy deceived by others Christianity is true. Watch or hear why #4 is the best explanation. Listen in Browser on Soundcloud Watch on … Read more

Podcast: Historical Evidence For Jesus’s Feeding of the 5000

The feeding of the 5000 is one of Jesus’ most popular miracles. If you grew up in church, you probably saw it depicted on many a flannel graph. You know the story: Jesus was in a deserted place where large crowds were hanging on his every word. When it started to get late, Jesus’ disciples asked him to disperse the gathering to the surrounding villages so they could grab a bite to eat. Rather than sending them home, Jesus took five loaves and two fish and fed the multitude. The young lad who shared his food became famous that day and was sent home with 12 baskets full of leftovers. Critics of the Bible tend … Read more

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

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