Thursday, September 15, 2016

Apologetics On Audio Format

The following are links to various apologetical resources in audio format. They come from a wide range of apologetical methods/approaches from Classical apologetics, to Van Tillian Presuppostional, to Clarkian Presuppositional, to Evidentialist etc.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Dark Ages Were Not As Dark As You Have Been Led To Believe

How Dark Were the Dark Ages?

The Dark Age Myth: An Atheist Reviews “God’s Philosophers”

The Myth of the Dark Ages (with many other links)

The ‘Dark Ages’ were a lot brighter than we give them credit for by Richard Swan

5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe About the Dark Ages

Top 10 Reasons The Dark Ages Were Not Dark

15 Myths about the Middle Ages

History of the Crusades

The Myth that the Church Hindered the Development of Science

Misconceptions about the Middle Ages, Debunked through Art History

The Myth of the "Dark Ages":  Tricks the Dead Have Played Upon the Living

How the Middle Ages Really Were

Top 10 Inventions of the Middle Ages

The Flat Earth Myth

God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam

William Lane Craig Recounts the Good that the Christian Church Has Performed and Encouraged Down Through the Ages

Richard Carrier, Bayes Theorem and the Historicity of Jesus

The odds form of Bayes's Theorem [Updated] by Lydia McGrew

π -ness Envy? The Irrelevance of Bayes’s Theorem

Prior probabilities

The Jesus Process: Stephanie Louise Fisher

Disproving Carrier's Proving History

 Reading Dr. Carrier’s ”Proving History”A Review From a Bayesian Perspective by Tim Hendrix

 Richard Carrier’s ”On the historicity of Jesus”A Review From a Bayesian Perspective by Tim Hendrix

A Book Review of Richard Carrier's On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt by Christina Petterson

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Happy Birthday Jesus?

For those who don't know, some scholars have argued that Jesus was born Sept. 11, 3 BCE. For myself, I'm not fully convinced the theory is true. But ever since I found out about it a while back, I've found the theory VERY VERY VERY intriguing. The following is a link to Dr. Michael Heiser's article on the topic.

Michael Heiser's article also links to a video where he describes the theory using visual graphics. I've embedded the video below.

or at the following links

Here's a Naked Bible podcast with Michael Heiser on the topic

Dr. Heiser makes reference to Ernest L. Martin's book:
The Star of Bethlehem:The Star that Astonished the World

The book is freely available online here:

See especially CHAPTER FIVE where the theory is discussed:

Michael Heiser lists some recent scholarly reasons why Herod may have died 1 BCE in an article here:

Heiser's two main sources in defense of a 1 BCE death of Herod are:
1. Herodian Chronology by Ormond Edwards,
from the Palestine Exploration Quarterly, volume 114, 1982 - Issue 1

2. When Did Herod the Great Reign? by Andrew E. Steinmann,
from Novum Testamentum 51 (2009) 1-29

There are also defenses for the traditional date. For example:

How December 25 Became Christmas  by Andrew McGowan

Yes, Christ Was Really Born on December 25: Here’s a Defense of the Traditional Date for Christmas by Taylor Marshall [Marshall's Catholic bias shows. Nevertheless, his arguments have some force].