There is a fellow on the Internet who has been promoting the idea that no court of law would affirm the existence of Jesus Christ based on the available evidence. I refuse to debate him on this issue as it is such a silly claim. Would a legal court affirm the existence of Jesus? No they would not. But neither would they affirm the existence of Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus or Constantine the Great. Why? Because legal courts do not go around affirming the existence of historical figures. That is not what they do.
The question of how courts would deal with the historical evidence is completely irrelevant. The question is: what would professional historians do with the evidence. I don’t mean just conservative Christians or zealous atheist historians but historians across a wide range of religious and philosophical positions. And how would the historians respond? Professional historians, almost unanimously, accept the historicity of Jesus Christ, just as they do for Alexander, Augustus and Constantine. We need to keep this discussion focused and keep it as a historical question and not a legal question.
Atheist Quote of the Day
“I am an atheist, out and out—I don’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exist, but I so strongly suspect he does not that I don’t want to waste my time.”
— Isaac Asimov
Well…at least he is honest.
Do Christians bear the burden of proof for our claims about truth?
If God made us unable to deny his existence, we would be unable to choose to love Him.
M.A.P.S - Evidence for the Trustworthiness of the Bible
All of the books of the New Testament were written by eyewitnesses of Jesus or by interviewers of eyewitnesses. (Three of the writers were Jesus’ disciples—Matthew, John, and Peter.)
Over 25,000 sites have been discovered that pertain to the Bible. As Nelson Glueck, renowned Jewish archaeologist said, “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference.”
Some 2000 biblical prophecies have already been fulfilled—with no prophetic failures. The probability of 16 predictions being fulfilled is 1 in 1045. For 2000 predictions to be correct is an inconceivable probability number.
The Bible contains 66 books, written by approximately 40 different writers, over 1600 years, on 3 different continents, in 3 different languages, on thousands of different subjects, yet with one central theme—God’s redemption of mankind from sin won for the whole world by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What is the scientific evidence for the belief/view: that scientific evidence is the only way to know stuff?