Why is History Important For Christian Apologists?

Apologetics and Theology

Many of the Christian apologists that I talk to focus much of their thought on philosophy. Some of them almost equate philosophy and apologetics. I would like to suggest that Christian apologists need to focus […]

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History of the Crusades

Apologetics and Theology

I am always on the lookout for good podcasts and I am fortunate to have found one with the History of the Crusades podcast. I love history and the time of the crusades is particularly […]

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Their Finest Hour

Second World War

I am a bit of an armchair historian when it comes to the Second World War. For as long as I can remember, I have read everything I could get my hands on that was […]

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5 Things to Remember When Talking About the Historical Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

Some Christians feel uncomfortable when discussions start about the historical Jesus. The fear is that historical Jesus studies may compromise Christian beliefs about Jesus. The truth is that many of the top historical Jesus scholars […]

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Skills for the Apologist

Would you like to be active as an apologist? Great! So what do you need to know to be an apologist? The common sense answer would be that an apologist needs to know about apologetics. […]

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Michael Paulkovich and the 126 Who Did Not Know Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

Michael Paulkovich is getting some attention with his list of 126 writers who should have written about Jesus but did not. According to Paulkovich, if Jesus existed we would expect each of these writers or […]

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If Jesus Existed, Christianity May Be True

Apologetics and Theology

Nigel Barber recently wrote an article called “If Jesus Never Existed, Religion May Be Fiction” in the Huffington Post. While he deals with a few religious movements, I will only deal with Jesus in this […]

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10 Reasons Why There Really Was a Historical Jesus

Was there really a historical Jesus? Was there a religious teacher that started a new movement in the first century? I’m not even talking about whether he was the Christ or the Son of God. […]

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On the Treatment of the Supernatural

Apologetics and Theology

I just had an article published in the journal Studies in Religion. The name of the article is “On the Treatment of the Supernatural by Zeba Crook.” My article is a response to one that […]

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Young Earth Creationists and Jesus Mythicists

Jesus Mythicists

I risk offending both young earth creationists (YEC) and Jesus mythicists (JM) with this post, but I have been thinking about the similarity between the two.  Let me say at the beginning that I have […]

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Early Middle Ages

I have just listened to a very interesting course on the Early Middle Ages, taught  by Paul Freedman at Yale University.  It deals with some important church history, the rise of Islam and many other […]

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Resurrection and Historical Inquiry

When some historians look at the historical Jesus, they will look at his life and teachings and then usually end at his crucifixion.  While they may look at what early Christians believed to have happened […]

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The Gospels as History

Apologetics and Theology

There are some lectures available from the Reformed Theological Seminary by Richard Bauckham on the Gospels as history.  They are quite good.  You can get the lectures from iTunes here.

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Ancient Mediterranean World

One of the reasons that bad religious ideas develop is that many people have a poor understanding of history.  UC Berkeley provides audio of their course on the Ancient Mediterranean World on iTunes.  You can […]

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The Jesus Myth

One of my interests is the claim that Jesus was not a historical figure but rather just another myth.  Despite my interest, I must confess a certain level of frustration.  In many ways it is a […]

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