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The Trendiest Current Fad in the Study of the Gospels and Historical Jesus: Social Memory Theory

d8dc69063abe2ee4bec5c295a87f64a8With respect to social memory theory, it is doubtful whether Ehrman is the appropriate and accurate authority to cite in terms of the scholarly research done on the subject. He may just be, as he has been before, trailing along in public support of the latest fad…

In short, it is not a theory of history and cannot be used to determine historicality (such as whether or not Jesus existed). More than that, it is not even a theory of how memories are transmitted, even if it is (and this may be questioned in its details) a theory of how memories are formed.



Atheism; No Good Reason

This morning we held our third Learning at Lebanon Seminar at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Abbeville, SC. Dustin Segers was our guest speaker addressing the topic, “No Good Reason to be An Atheist.” The audio is now available by clicking here. Dustin also addressed the same topic back in 2006 at our No Other gods Conference. The audio (much different) is located here

Next Month Dr. Joseph Pipa will join us to address, “Preaching or Pragmatism: The Means to Disciple the Church and Win the Lost?” 9-10:30am.

New Books on Apologetics

Three new apologetic books (there are probably many others) are now available for you:

1. The Absurdity of Unbelief: A Worldview Apologetic of the Christian Faith, by Jeffrey D. Johnson. This one has an endorsement from James White, “In The Absurdity of Unbelief, Jeffrey Johnson provides a clear and compelling case for the Christian faith, readable and usable for believer and unbeliever alike.”

Here is a short description:
Because all non-Christian worldviews are indefensible, it is not sufficient for skeptics to attack Christianity without also defending the foundation for their own unbelief. Everyone has a worldview, even atheists and skeptics, but only the Christian worldview is not self-contradictory. The Absurdity of Unbelief demonstrates why every possible reason for unbelief is irrational and ultimately meaningless by exposing the various self-refuting systems of thought in which these objections are rooted.

2. In Defense of the Eschaton: Essays in Reformed Apologetics, by William Dennison. Of this work Lane Tipton states, “The essays in this volume are not mere restatements of Vos or Van Til. Rather, you will find here creative and constructive applications of their basic insights to topics that advance Reformed theology and apologetics. Dr. Dennison’s work as a whole represents a high-level synthesis of the methodologies of Vos and Van Til. He seeks to apply a radically non-speculative, revelationally regulated methodology to a host of issues that neither Vos nor Van Til had opportunity to address. I enthusiastically commend to the reader the work of Dr. Dennison. His insights are penetrating, and his interests are wide-ranging. He has taken up the mantle of Vos and Van Til in both the polemical defense and constructive extension of the Reformed faith. I pray this volume finds a wide and appreciative readership.” Click here to read a sample.

3. Christian Theistic Evidences (2nd Edition), by Van Til, Edited by K. Scott Oliphint. William Edgar says, “Christian Theistic Evidences represents Cornelius Van Til’s first, revolutionary statement of presuppositional (or covenantal) apologetics. It contains all his major statements against the pretended neutrality of fact, of reason, and of foundations. Dr. Oliphint’s masterful annotations clarify and enhance the beauty of the text. His introduction is pure gold. This is must reading for anyone who wishes apologetic method to be consistent with sound theology.” Click here to read a sample. Scott Oliphint was recently interviewed on the Reformed Forum podcast discussing this latest edition. Click here to listen.

On another note: “We should trust our salvation on Jesus Christ, not only on Him who alone can save and who is able to save perfectly, but on Him who has more good will to save than we can have willingness to be saved by Him.” Robert Traill

Randal Rauser and then Hamza Tzortzis and Adnan Rashid on the Bible

Briefly looked at some comments about atheism and the suppression of the knowledge of God by Randal Rouser, but moved fairly quickly to a response to Hamza Tzortzis and Adnan Rashid on the alleged corruption of the Bible (OK, we took a few minutes to discuss tribbles, but let’s not get into that now).  Got less than half-way through, though, so…we will have to do another DL tomorrow because I really want to get back to Wael Ibrahim and the debate on the Trinity from Hong Kong.

Here is the YouTube link: