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The Evidentially Diverse Resurrection Appearances of Jesus (Free Bible Insert)

As a detective, I am impressed with cases when they are evidentially diverse. Two witnesses to the same event are better than one. In a similar way, three witnesses are better than two, especially if they agree on their observations in spite of their individual peculiarities or differences. When I …

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Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Osiris Mythology?

Over the past two weeks, I’ve examined the similarities between Jesus, Mithras and Horus. Early mythological characters are sometimes offered by skeptics in an attempt to argue Jesus is nothing more than a re-creation and retelling of the ancient “rising and dying” mythologies embraced by a number of primitive cultures. …

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Why Jesus Died So Quickly on the Cross

Of the many non-Christian explanations for the Resurrection, the “Swoon Theory” is amongst the most popular. If Jesus didn’t really die on the cross, His alleged “resurrection” is really nothing more than a remarkable “resuscitation”. Those who doubt Jesus’ death often point to the short amount of time Jesus spent …

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Does the “Unreasonable” Nature of the Virgin Conception Invalidate the Story of Jesus?

For some, the miraculous claim of the virgin conception of Jesus disqualifies the Gospel accounts as reliable history. The famous writer, atheist and debater, Christopher Hitchens regularly referred to the virgin conception as a clear example of the unreasonable nature of the Gospels. Hitchens would occasionally attempt to demonstrate the …

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Was the Virgin Conception Borrowed from Prior Mythologies?

I thought I would complete this week’s series of Christmas blogs by addressing three common objections to the virgin conception of Jesus. I’ll start with the objection that the virgin conception was borrowed from prior pagan mythologies such as those of Mithras or Horus. Skeptics have properly observed that many …

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Did Jesus Have a Wife?

The New York Times and Huffington Post published an article today announcing the discovery of a papyrus fragment that “contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…”. In addition, this ancient fragment (smaller than the size of a business card) also contains …

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