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Guards at the Tomb: Pilate puts Jesus on Trial, the Jews put Pilate on Trial

howmanyguardsEbook(this is the continuation of a series of essays discussing the number and make-up of the guards at Jesus’ tomb. It can be purchased as an ebook, cover to the right.    Main essay | Previous section | Next section:  The Presence of Jewish Guards at the Tomb )

Pilate puts Jesus on Trial, the Jews put Pilate on Trial

In light of the foregoing, many skeptics have pointed to the nearly docile Pontius Pilate of the Gospel accounts as proof positive that they cannot possibly reflect real history.  The character and demeanor of the Pilate that Jesus met is … continue reading...

Why I believe the Testimonium Flavianum is not a forgery or interpolation

The Testimonium Flavianum is a famous- or infamous- passage from Josephus that on its face appears to corroborate the existence of Jesus in a non-Christian ancient source.   The TF was accepted as genuine for centuries until the Rationalists got a hold of it.  The assertion that it is a complete forgery is common and if hyper-skeptics could get away with it, that’s where they’d leave it.  Unfortunately, this is difficult, and the consensus is that it is an interpolation, and as such provides, minimally, evidence of Jesus’ existence.

If that is the consensus it may be a surprise to hear … continue reading...

Prelude to an Argument for Christianity: The Jewish People

It took a few years after my personal battle with atheism for me to realize the importance of Jesus’ Jewishness in understanding Christianity- and defending it.  The character of the Jewish people at that time is well documented by both the Old Testament and extra-biblical sources.  Some things about Christianity, or perhaps more precisely, the New Testament, make no sense apart from the Jewish context that it arose in.  The brief video presentation below is not an argument for Christianity but rather foundation laying for such an argument.  Everyone loves a puzzle!  Puzzle me this- how has the Jewish nation … continue reading...

Short Story: Chronos and Old Facts

Chronos and Old Facts

A short story by Anthony Horvath

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The sign on the door read “Bureau for Decommissioned Facts.” I pushed the door open gingerly, almost sheepishly. My quest to find this heretofore unknown department of the Universal University was not merely a recent one, but one that was given to me and not one that I had initiated. The department chair had taken me aside in the cafeteria, and in a tone that wavered between fatherly affection and patronizing condescension, insisted that I take a trip to Building 51023414, use the elevator to go … continue reading...

A Christian Review of Anne Rice’s The Road to Cana

Anne Rice’s “Road to Cana.”
Reviewed by Anthony Horvath

Buy on Amazon.com: Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (Christ the Lord)

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400043522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400043521

Book Description:
Anne Rice’s second book in her hugely ambitious and courageous life of Christ begins during his last winter before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana.

It is a novel in which we see Jesus—he is called Yeshua bar Joseph—during a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in Judea.

Legends of a Virgin … continue reading...

The Growth of the Early Church: A Testimony Believed. Martyrs for what they saw not what they believed.

The Growth of the Early Church: A Testimony Believed.

This essay was written in response to challenges to demonstrate that the early Christians died because of their testimony, and their unwillingness to reject their testimony. In other words, they believed that they had actually seen certain events, and chose to die rather than deny what they had seen. Contrast with an event like 9-11, where we talk about 19 Muslims flying into the towers ‘because of their beliefs.’ I will contend in this essay that the early martyrs were driven on by what they witnessed with their own eyes- externally- continue reading...