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The Pope on the Nativity Part 2

Reading Time: 7 minutes Continuing from my last post, I will take a look at some of the historical claims of the Nativity of Jesus from the Bible and see how Pope Benedict XVI defends them in his most recent book.

First, let’s make a note of an argument that His Holiness seems to use several times in defending the historicity of the stories from modern critics. Many scholars will point to the theological reasons as to why the author of a given Gospel would tell such a story, which in turn gives us reason to suspect that the tale make not be historically authentic. Benedict, on the other hand, says that that is not sufficient to consider the tradition inauthentic. Perhaps not, but it should make us suspicious. Besides, this is not the only reason scholars doubt things such as the birth in Bethlehem or the miraculous conception of Mary. There are other things to consider.

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Failed Prophecy: Psalm 22

Reading Time: 3 minutes Apologists claim hundreds of prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus, and this psalm is one of the most popular. With a little poking, however, the claim that it predicted the crucifixion unravels.

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The Jewish Prophecy of Exile

Reading Time: 5 minutes In a previous post, “An Unserious Response to the Theist’s Guide“, I poked fun at a religious apologist – apparently a Jewish rabbi – who made a set of obviously insincere demands for what evidence he would require to become an atheist. So much for that. But our friend the rabbi also thinks that he […]

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Pat Robertson's Pathetic Predictions

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the beginning of last year, I mentioned a prediction made by Pat Robertson: As reported by Americans United, Pat Robertson has joined in the fun, predicting “mass killings” to occur on American soil due to a terrorist attack sometime this year. (Robertson said he expected this to come in the form of a nuclear […]

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