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Psychology: Science or Religion?

How Psychology's Truth Claims Belie Its Religious Underpinnings

  • 11 May 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
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by J.R. (Jen) Foster

We've all heard the expression, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." But what about when it does? 21st-century America is a psychology culture. We believe every action has an explanation and every person is conditioned by the environment they grew up in, the things which have affected them, the people they've known and their current situation.
  Through this framework all people are victims reacting to the unpredictability and confusion of life.

Wissam Yousif —"Resurrection: the Fall and Rise of Jesus"

How the resurrection is made compelling by beauty, coherence and historical evidence

  • 1 May 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
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The Minimal Facts on the Resurrection

What is confirmed by even the most skeptical using modern historical methodology?

 

Dr. Gary Habermas has coined a method to show the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus called the Minimal Facts approach to the resurrection.  These facts are used by Habermas for three main reasons:

 

  1. The vast majority of scholars accepts these facts as historical
  2. They are well-established by the historical method.
  3. The only explanation that can account for the existence of all these facts is the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

Paul the Philosopher

Acts 17 and becoming all things to all people

Paul the Apostle said that...

 

"I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some."  (1 Corinthians 9:22b)

 

Acts 17 is an example where Paul becomes a philosopher to reason with philosophers. Of particular interest is Paul's willingness to provide reference to God with the idol of the unknown God.

Dan Barker's Easter Challenge

Harmony of the 4 gospels on the resurrection account

Dan Barker, many years ago issues a challenge to Christians to take the 4 gospels and build a reasonable narrative of them. Presumably, he feels it is difficult, when in fact, the 4 gospels harmonize nicely without adding any commentary at all. 

The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul's tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened. ...His premise is that the gospels contradict and cannot be reconciled. 

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