Category Archives: Bible Critics

the ending of the gospel of mark

In an article entitled The “Strange” Ending of the Gospel of Mark, the author claims that Mark 16:9-19 is clearly forged: Even though this ending is patently false, people loved it and to this day conservative Christians regularly denounce “liberal” … Continue reading

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failed prophecies in matthew

In the Gospel of Matthew, the author (Matthew) regularly claims that parts of Jesus’ life were “fulfilled” by the Old Testament. Christians claim that these were prophecies (predictions of future events) that were fulfilled. When looking up these passages in … Continue reading

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abimelech changes God’s mind

We learn from Genesis 20 that pagan kings can reason with God and change God’s mind. Continue reading

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matthew was the first gospel written

Mark is not the earliest Gospel. Mark was written during the waning of the Hebrew mission and the rise of the diaspora and Greek mission. It was written as a Readers Digest version of Matthew, shedding very Hebrew centric ideas in favor of more broadly accepted ideas. Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman misses the plot

Two verses saying opposite things will cause many of the best Christian scholars to digress into trivial wording tricks to circumvent contradictions. But more astute Bible scholars should attempt to understand the context, the plot and plot changes in the Bible. Continue reading

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Ehrman on Judas’ motives

…human beings are not single input robots. Human beings usually have multiple and competing (sometimes even contradictory) reasons for the things they do… Usually, authors stick to a main motivation which complements the theme of the author’s point. In a text on Biblical errancy, Ehrman will highlight his struggle with the Bible. In a text on God, Ehrman will highlight his struggle with the problem of evil. Continue reading

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Answering a few Atheist questions

Recently I came across a challenge put forward by an atheist blog for Christians to answer atheist questions. I wrote up a series of answers, with no expectation it would ever be published by this site. Political correctness will never … Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman: Chronology Fallacy

This might be a problem if the authors of the four gospels ever claimed to be writing a chronological history. Again, modern standards are being inconsistently and retroactively applied to the authors of the gospels. Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman: Categorical Storytelling Error

In order to show a real contradiction in the history of the gospels, the alleged statements must contradict in concept. Many, but not all, of Ehrman’s alleged contradictions fall under this categorical storytelling fallacy. Continue reading

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