What Do Historians Think of the Gospels?

Are the gospels reliable as historical accounts? In an earlier post I wrote that the gospels are unique ancient documents. They are not written primarily as historical accounts by professional historians. Instead they are the collected stories, memories and experiences of the community of Jesus Christ’s disciples. Therefore we treat them as the documents they [Read More...]

Are the Gospels Historical?

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Anyone who wishes to engage in a thoughtful and intelligent exploration of the Christian faith will have to ask whether the gospels are historically reliable. Can we believe that the stories in the gospels are a true and accurate account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth? In answering this question the first thing to [Read More...]

Would God Send Anyone to Hell?

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Would a good God send anyone to hell? Some folks tootle on about the Christian God being some sort of “invisible moral enforcer”. He’s the big school monitor in the sky; the eternal policeman. They reject that sort of God, and that’s okay because that’s not really the God of the Catholic faith anyway. We [Read More...]

Can You be Good Without God?

Atheists like to tell us that they can be “good without God.” What they rarely do is define what they mean by “good”. If they mean they can have good manners, do volunteer work, give to worthy causes to make the world a better place, then of course they can be “good without God.” If [Read More...]

The Erosion of Freedom

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On this feast day of St Thomas More we do well to remember that the Tudor Revolution in England (sometimes given the euphemistic term: Reformation) was not immediately violent and catastrophic. It began with Henry VIII and his counsellors deciding that the church courts should not deal with cases of civil law. In the Middle [Read More...]

Pride, Prejudice and Rational Religion

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In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Caroline says to Mr Bingley, I should like balls infinitely better, if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the [Read More...]


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