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08/01/2014

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Keith G. Balser

Her assessment of what she terms "Myth #8" is truly bizarre. Only the most contorted revisionist logic could portray a despotic imperial regime armed with the most powerful military force in the then-known world as the aggrieved party.

dante

re: myth 1, There is the apologetic that "no one would die for a lie" so the apostles' witness unto death for Christ's bodily resurrection must be true. The fact that we see the church in Acts 1 with 12 servants of the word and 120 people and this spreads to Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth with no record of any Christian recanting in the face of death is used as an argument for the historicity of Christ's resurrection. In other words, the very existence of the church - that it did not fade away (cf. Acts 5:38-39) is proof that the Christian faith is true. Wouldn't this line of reasoning be the target of the author's first attack?

Aron

Thank you for posting this--very helpful.

Lee

Dante, the argument in your first sentence is one that is commonly employed in evangelical apologetics (e.g., Josh McDowell), but I think we should be cautious in using it -- not because it is a bad argument in theory, but because of the historical uncertainties surrounding the deaths of the apostles. I'll explain more in a separate post. The less technical, more general argument that "the very existence of the church - that it did not fade away (cf. Acts 5:38-39) is proof that the Christian faith is true," has much more going for it, because it does not rest on the doubtful historical claim that the apostles died as martyrs in the technical sense.

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