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T Weeks-Galindo

Thanks for this post, Lee.

I agree with this statement: "Returning to the use of the apostolic martyrdoms as an apologetic argument, I think we should be cautious just because the historical evidence is so murky."

However is there not something to be said for kind of lifestyle that we see Paul had (and other Christians such as Peter being arrested and the stoning of Stephen)? He endured beatings, imprisionment, etc. The evidence seems to point to his being a Christian as at least a (primary?) cause.

Although the "no one would die for a lie, so the apostles' witness unto death for Christ's bodily resurrection must be true" is perhaps a bit much, can we not factor in that it seems to be the case that being a Christian leader didn't exactly entail a life of safety and well-being?

I would say an ostensibly bigger problem for this line of thought is Amy-Jill Levine's comment in JSHJ 9 that "‘a created event cannot explain the early faith of his followers and their willingness to die for this belief’ does not hold. If it did, then all evangelicals might be Muslims or Mormons or Maronites."

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