Christianity Has Long Faced Attacks On The Historical Authenticity Of The Gospel Truth? By David Van Biema

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Christianity has long faced attacks on the historical authenticity of Jesus, His claims, works and resurrection. This skepticism took a new turn when the Jesus Seminar took it upon themselves to study the authenticity of the Gospels and the historical accuracy of their contents. The article in Time magazine, Gospel Truth? by David Van Biema explores the arguments of the Seminar and the counter-arguments brought forth by Christians who defend the historical authenticity of the Gospels. My reading of the arguments put forward by the Seminar, have not found their conclusions consistent with the evidence found in the Bible, historical records or personal experience.
Although most Christians tend to shield their faith from the skeptical and scientific scrutiny that the Seminar engages in, Martin Luther, as Van Biema noted, encouraged Christians to base their faith on their reading of scripture1 instead of blindly believing what the Church taught. The central aim of the Seminar, therefore, was to study the character of Jesus from the Gospels, employing the tools of historical and literary analysis. Composed of about 75 scholars, the Seminar studied the four Gospels and the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas and published a book, The Five Gospels (including the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas), in which they classified the contents of the books according to what they voted was true. The book contends that most of what is written is not fact, but embellishment by the authors. Christians,…

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