Category: Persecution

The Weekly Roundup – 5.31.19

“The ‘Amalgam Jesus’ idea boils down to little more than hand waving. It is a vague and grudging admission that there may be some historical kernels in the story, but a rather muddle-headed attempt to keep this from becoming an acceptance that there was… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 5.31.19”

The Weekly Roundup – 12.14.18

“I think we have to allow that John’s Gospel differs from the Synoptic Gospels in this fundamental respect: it is not an attempt to remember the historical Jesus; it is an attempt to restate the significance of the historical Jesus from a later theological… Continue Reading “The Weekly Roundup – 12.14.18”

Bart Ehrman: Early Persecution of Christians Was Rare

Bart D. Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster: 2018), 179. At the outset I need to stress that organized opposition to the Christians came, for the most part, in isolated incidents. The church did not experience… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Early Persecution of Christians Was Rare”