Category: Canon

Articles addressing the canon of the Bible.

Living On the Edge: a book for doubting Christians

Living On the Edge: a book for doubting Christians Today Christians in the Western world are typically living in a post-Christian society. Christian beliefs are met with skepticism, and people see little reason to believe. Christians are confronted with daily challenges to their faith, and often struggle to understand the relevance of Christianity to modern life. Professional surveys indicate the following reasons why young Christians lose their […] 

Did Luke use Josephus when writing Acts?

The Claim It has been claimed that Luke used the writings of Josephus (specifically ‘Antiquities of the Jews’).1 2 Since Josephus wrote in 93 CE, this would date Acts no earlier than this time.3 The following passages are claimed as examples of Luke’s dependence on Josephus. * Luke 3:1: Josephus and Luke record the census of Quirinius, but Luke’s differs […] 

Is the ‘Secret Gospel of Mark’ genuine?

The Text The text (supposedly discovered in 1958), appears to be a letter from early Christian writer Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-c.215), quoting a ‘secret gospel’ by Mark.1 2 Analysis Smith himself noted features of the text which could indicate it was an imitation of Mark’s style by another writer.3 4 5 6 Physical analysis has been impossible since the […]