“So, you call yourself an apologist, right?”
“Yes, I seek to prove facts by presenting evidence, why?”
“You know, a majority of scholars say that the New Testament was written late in the first century or early in the second century by non-eyewitnesses.”
“Yes, I have heard this assertion by atheists many times. Men like Bart Ehrman and Mitchell Reddish, amongst many other atheist scholars have alleged this is true.”
“What do you mean, ‘alleged’? These are some of the world’s most recognized New Testament scholars. They have the education to make these conclusions.”
“Really!. Did you happen to notice that in a majority of the books and essays these atheist scholars write, they fail to provide any evidence to prove the statements they make about the late-date writing of the New Testament?”
“No, I didn’t notice that. Why do you keep referring to them as ‘atheist scholars?”
“These men and women write from the perspective of someone who does not believe that God exists in the first place. They don’t believe God exists, therefore the testimony about Jesus in the New Testament cannot be true. They say that the men who wrote the New Testament, made Jesus God, but He never claimed to be God Himself.”
“Why does it matter whether someone believes in God or not when they are evaluating the authenticity of the New Testament?”
“You know the answer to that question. All of us make decisions and hold views based upon our worldview. How can a person be a legitimate New Testament scholar when they begin with the premise that the text is not true?”
“I think these persons are professionals and have the ability to not allow bias to enter into their conclusions.”
“In a perfect world, perhaps this would be true. Unfortunately, the evidence we have today proves that they do possess great bias and all of their books and essays bear this evidence in the written text they have published.”
“How is that?”
“As I mentioned earlier, Ehrman and Reddish have not presented any evidence whatsoever to prove that the New Testament was written late in the first century by non-eyewitnesses. They are merely stating their opinions. If they were, in fact, seeking to be unbiased, they would not use their opinions to make conclusions, they would present facts. The expression of personal opinion over facts is a clear indication that a person is biased in their views.”
“You accuse these liberal atheist scholars of bias, what about you? Don’t you have a bias also? You express your opinions in your books and essays, correct?”
“In every book and essay I write as an Apologist, I also provide evidence to support my conclusions. It is really quite easy to prove the New Testament was written by eyewitnesses who saw and heard Jesus. There are 134 citations in the New Testament where the writers say they saw Jesus, heard Him, and are writing a truthful account of all that happened.”
“Then why do a majority of scholars disagree with you?”
“You are mistaken. The majority view of conservative New Testament scholars have stated the text was written early in the first century by eyewitnesses. The reason you believe the majority of scholar hold your view is because you have only read opinions on atheist websites where they quote atheist scholars. There are about 20 percent of all scholars who are atheists and hold the views you assert; there are 80 percent who are conservative scholars who believe the New Testament is a reliable historical narrative of true events, written early in the first century by the men who saw and heard Jesus.”
“Well, Mitchell Reddish has written a text book for first year Seminary students and he said that Jesus never expected the men who were His disciples, to write anything.”
“Yes, I know he said this, but is not true, nor is there any evidence to prove this. Again, this is simply the opinion of Mitchell Reddish. Twelve times Jesus tells John to write everything that he has seen. The final words of Jesus in Acts 1:8, was to go into all the world and tell everyone what they had seen and heard. The only way this would be possible was if they wrote their testimony and sent it out in the form of letters to the local churches in Asia Minor, with instructions to send these texts from those places, to the rest of the known world of the Roman Empire.”
“Where can I read some of your books and essay’s”
The following are a few links to evidentiary essays that prove the New Testament was written by eyewitnesses, early in the first century:
- When Were The Gospels Written?
- Were The Gospels Written By Eyewitnesses?
- Did The Gospel Writers Borrow From Each Other?
- Has The Text Of The New Testament Been Changed?
- Is The New Testament Filled With Errors?
- Were The Four Gospels Written Anonymously?
- The Body Of New Testament Evidence
- Are There Sources For Jesus Outside The New Testament?
- Is The New Testament A Valid Historical Narrative?
- Did Jesus Really Claim To Be God?
Other Articles For New Testament Criticism
- The Synoptic Problem
- Historical, Evidentiary Proof Of New Testament Reliability
- Why The New Testament Is a Valid Historical Narrative
- Evidence The Four Gospels Are Separate And Distinct Narratives
- Scripture Is The Only Authority In All Matters Concerning Christianity
- Alleged Textual Variants Of The New Testament Do Not Change The Narrative
- The Internal Evidence Of The New Testament Proves Its Integrity And Reliability
- Archeological Discoveries That Confirm The New Testament Narratives Of Jesus
- How Forensic Evidence Proves The New Testament Is Historical And Reliable
- Correctly Dating The P64 Magdalen Papyrus
- First Century Manuscript Evidence For Jesus
- A List Of Conservative And Liberal Bible Scholars
- The False Assertion That The Gospel Writers Borrowed From Mark Or The “Q” Document
- It Is Very Easy To Deceive An Atheist
- Impeaching The Idea That The New Testament Is Not True
- New Testament Reliability: Eyewitnesses And Liars
- The Four Gospels Were Not Written Anonymously
- The New Testament Passes Every Literary Test of History
- The New Testament Is Intended As Historical Accounts
- Examining The New Testament For Reliability And Eyewitness Accounts
- Proving The New Testament Is A Reliable Narrative Of Jesus’ Crucifixion And Resurrection From Evidence
- Does Jesus Live In The Believer? How Jesus Communicated A Remembrance Of All He Had Done To The New Testament Writers
- Table Of Extant Greek New Testament Manuscripts
- 121 Non Biblical Sources For Jesus in the Historical Record
- How Does Criticism Of The New Testament Relate To Its Reliability?
- Evidence Of New Testament Reliability: Reliance Upon The Old Testament
- Truth And Lies Regarding New Testament Reliability
- The Truth Of The New Testament Is Not Defined By Opinion, Bias, Or, Doubt, But By Historical Evidence
- The Historical Records Of Jesus’ Life, Death, And Resurrection Are Unimpeachable
- How Liberal New Testament Scholars Deceive The World Today
- When A New Testament Scholar Is Not
- Jesus Authenticates The New Testament As Scripture
- The New Testament is Written by Jews, About Jews, For Jews
- Empirical Integrity of the New Testament
- Biblical Inerrancy And The Errors Of Critics
- The Reliability of the New Testament
- The Historical Record Proves That God Exists
- Old Testament Law: A Lesson In God’s Nature Not Understood Today
- Are The Old Testament Laws Applicable Today?
- The Greatest And Most Astute Scholar In History Said That Jesus Is God And Messiah
- The Historical Documentation For Jesus’ Death And Resurrection
- The Death and Resurrection of the Messiah Predicted by the Old Testament
- If You Just Read The New Testament For Yourself, You Will See That It Is True
- How Peter Knew the Birth of Jesus Church Was a Fulfillment of Prophecy
- New Testament Evidence, Jesus is “Yahweh” of the Old Testament
- Principle Differences Between Jesus And All Other Gods And Religions
- These Things Were Written: An Expositional Treatise Of The Life, Death, And Resurrection Of Jesus
- How Faith And Evidence Work Together