Was Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah promised to Israel in the Old Testament? Did Jesus fulfill the Messianic prophecies? The New Testament texts confirm that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah. But, so what? Who cares what the New Testament “confirms” since the New … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 6
In the last part of our report we looked at the part Old Testament prophecies and New Testament fulfillment played in supporting the Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah God promised to Israel. As I looked at the evidence through the worldview … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 5
My early investigation into the New Testament introduced me to two people who connected back to the Old Testament: John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth. They are both mentioned in the first verses of Mark’s Gospel account – “The beginning of the gospel of … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 3
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In the first part of our series about the Gospel of Thomas we saw that Robert Funk, The Jesus Seminar and Westar Institute proposed a fifth gospel to the original Four Gospels in the New Testament. They also believe that the Gospel of Thomas may be more accurate than Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Are they right? Should we accept the Gospel of Thomas into the Canon of the New Testament?
I don’t think so.
Evidence. That’s what I was most interested in finding. It’s what journalists do. We ask questions of many witnesses and search through documents and other information that will help us find answers to our questions about a story. The biggest story of my career happened … Continue reading Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 2
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Robert Funk, The Jesus Seminar and Westar Institute would have us believe that the Gospel of Thomas is the 5th Gospel account of the life of Jesus – and may be more accurate than Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Are they right?
In the last part of our report, we looked at the founder of The Jesus Seminar and Westar Institute, Robert Funk. He was a leader in the new “quest” for the historical Jesus until his death in 2005.
Westar Institute’s “mission” statement claims that the organization “is dedicated to fostering and communicating the results of cutting-edge scholarship on the history and evolution of the Christian tradition, thereby raising the level of public discourse about questions that matter in society and culture.”
Question: how “cutting-edge” is Westar’s scholarship?