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Christianity and the Bible
- Gathered together here are all the articles in the Library regarding the
question of Jesus' existence. These address the issue of pagan
parallels, the thesis of Earl Doherty and why professional historians cannot
be bothered to deal with such an pointless question. Also we will look
at some of the other sites and books on the subject.
- Did Josephus Refer to Jesus?
- Josephus was the Jewish historian whose work contains to references to
Jesus. Guest writer Christopher Price has thoroughly examined the longer
of these references to determine to what extent it is genuine, and what we can
learn from it about Jesus.
- A Dialogue on Natural Religion
- Two old friends, an atheist and a Catholic, discuss the existence of God. Does
science provide evidence for or against theism and does the reality of evil
mean that God cannot be real?
- Christianity and the Rise of Science
- This article examines how Christianity may have helped bring about the
rise of modern science. I have given a brief history of science in the Middle
Ages with particular reference to those factors that brought about the
overthrow of Aristotelianism. On the way a few myths about the alleged
anti-scientific bias of the Christian church are disposed of.
Seekers' Guide to the Bible
- The Bible is big and can be confusing. This series of articles,
which cover the Old and the New Testaments, examines what is in the Bible,
who wrote it and whether we can rely on its contents. It is especially
aimed at people who are beginning to explore Christianity seriously and who
want to understand where the books in the Bible came from and how they all
came to be gathered into the collection we have today. The articles
also explain why some books didn't make it into the Bible and why there are
so many different versions of the text.
Theories and Methodologies in the Study of the Historical Jesus and Christian
- The volume of writing on the Historical Jesus and early Christianity has
ballooned in the last few decades as historians attempt to use (or abuse)
critical methodology to get at the original Jesus. This essay sets out
to explain the methodologies they use, their shortcomings and advantages as
well as the theoretical background to the subject.
The Debate between Christianity and Atheism
- After effectively being the establishment for centuries, Christianity now
finds itself under attack from within and without. Liberal scholars
reconstruct Jesus in their own image while atheists even deny he existed at
all. The internet has become a battleground between believers who are
spreading the word and others who want to challenge it. Here I present some
short essays on the history of religious debate, highlights of the arguments
raging across the world wide web and how you can join in.
Christian Books Reviewed
- These are books by Christians and are generally for Christians or seekers.
That is to say that they put the case for the faith and do not claim to be
objective. I have also reviewed some of the best inspirational works that I
have come across that help Christians lead the life of love that Christ has
laid out for us.
Biblical Books Reviewed
- There is a vast array of biblical scholarship and more popular works. I
have read a good few and here have pointed out the best and the worst. In
general, I prefer books by moderate scholars rather than either the
conservative or liberal fringe but have read all shades of opinion. The
preponderance of titles are about the New Testament but that should change as
I examine the Old in more detail.
Links to Christian sites
- The world wide web is dotted with sites from Christians of variable
quality. There is also a bias towards more conservative or even fundamentalist
points of view. Here are a selection of the finest Christian web sites judged
by quality of writing and the usefulness of material. I have also covered some
of the more well known sites that I do not like as much. If you know of a site
that I should review then please contact me here.
Links to sites about the Bible
- The Bible is certainly the most studied book in the world so it is not
surprise to find plenty of web sites about it. These vary from those that
believe it is the literal word of God to those that think even Jesus was just
a myth. I have included links to all opinions whether I agree or not. If you
know of a site that I should review then please contact me
© James Hannam 2003.
09 June, 2013