New Testament Reliability Talks

This August I had the opportunity to do two talks regarding my personal area of study, the reliability of the New Testament. It seems that these days if you're looking for ways to critique the authority of Scripture, there are seemingly endless options. There are historical critiques (e.g., many of these books are forgeries). There are logical critiques (e.g., the Gospels contradict themselves). There are moral critiques (e.g., God is immoral to order the slaughter of entire cities). And there are interpretation critiques (e.g., no one can agree on what the Bible means). 

While I in no way wish to downplay those types of critiques, for they have their place in this discussion, I truly believe there are two more foundational challenges concerning the trustworthiness of the Bible. All of the above critiques are essentially the same; they all argue the words of the Bible are not true. But these more foundational challenges are not about whether the words of the Bible are true, but whether we have the words of the Bible at all.   


Foundationally, this challenge rests on the fact that we only have handwritten copies of the books Christians hold as Scripture. And, in reality, we only have copies of copies of copies. And given that scribes made mistakes, and that the transmission process was imperfect, how is it that we can be sure that these texts have been preserved? How can we be sure we actually have the words of Scripture? Likewise, how can we trust that the books we have in the Bible are the right ones? For history has shown that there were numerous books that all claimed to be written by individuals who knew Jesus, and all portrayed a different version of Jesus.

In these two talks I discuss those two issues...



                        Part 1: The Reliability of the New Testament 

                                         How Do we Know that what we have now is what they wrote back then?

 

                                                                 Part 2: Contenders

                                                                     The "Lost Gospels" 

 

Related posts:

Misquoting Jesus on Apologetics Academy Talk
Doctrines, Dates, and Dead People: Corrupt Manuscripts?
Doctrines, Dates, and Dead People: The Books that Didn't Make it
The "Lost Gospels"
Reliability of the Biblical New Testament (Guest Post on "Hope's Reason" Blog)
Attacking The Integrity Of The Bible: A Christmas Present From Newsweek
The New Testament Doctrine of Canonization: The Issue of Canon 
Who Is Jesus (Not)? 9 Popular Heresies

Find out what's new in my life, ministry, and apologetic journey in my post Redirections
What does EUNOIA mean? Find out at EUNOIA: "Beautiful Thinking"

 

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