Not the Spanish Inquisition!

There are few events in ¬†history more misunderstood and misrepresented than the Spanish Inquisition. The numbers of people supposedly killed by “the Catholic Church” grows every year…50 million, 95 million. Never mind that the number killed is larger than the population of Europe at the time, just pull out a number–the bigger it is the [Read More...]

The Early Date of Mark’s Gospel

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In seminary we had to study modern Biblical scholarship, and one of my great blessings was that at Bob Jones I learned to be skeptical of the fundamentalists, but at Oxford I learned to be skeptical of the modernists. Both groups seemed to me to be like two madmen strapped back to back. Both the [Read More...]

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...]

Rapture or Rupture?

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A year after Rev Harold Camping’s followers messed up on doomsday and the rapture didn’t happen Patrick Archbold links to a sympathetic article on the followers who were¬†“left behind” when Jesus didn’t turn up in glory. They didn’t experience the rapture, but they did experience a rupture–in their belief system. Matt notices that this article [Read More...]

How St Mathias Shows the Way

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Today is the Feast of St Mathias–the Apostle who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. His selection is very instructive–showing us the way to make decisions as Catholics and being a defense of the Apostolic Succession and the living, dynamic authority of the Church. It all comes from the passage in the Acts of the [Read More...]


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