Jesus

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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