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Historical Reliability of the Gospels Giveaway

We are giving away TWO sets of Craig Blomberg’s Credo Course on the Historical Reliability of the Gospels on DVD.

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The Canonical Gospels Attacked and Defended

The Canonical Gospels are constantly under attack. Some claim that they’ve been copied from earlier myths and legends. Others allege they can’t be depended on for historically accurate information. Still others argue that scribed changed the text so that we no longer have what the authors wrote. How should Christians respond to these claims?

Dr. Craig Blomberg is the author of The Historical Reliability of the Gospels. In this Credo Course Dr. Blomberg addresses the allegations against the Canonical Gospels one at a time while affirming the historic Christian faith.

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This course contains 30 sessions over six DVDs covering all aspects of this topic:

Disc 1

1. Widely Held Myths About Ancient Sources
2. The Formation of the Canon and the Choice of the Synoptic Gospels
3. Books Not Included: The Contents of the Apocryphal and Gnostic Gospels
4. The Text of the New Testament and Especially of the Gospels
5. The Translation of the New Testament and Especially of the Gospels

Disc 2

6. The Authorship and Dating of the Gospels
7. The Reliability of the Oral Tradition (Part 1)
8. The Reliability of the Oral Tradition (Part 2)
9. The Composition of the Synoptic Gospels
10. The Literary Genre of the Gospels

Disc 3

11. Archeology for the Gospels
12. Non-Christian Evidence for Jesus
13. The Apocryphal and Gnostic Gospels Further Evaluated
14. The Quests for the Historical Jesus
15. Why Such Diversity Exists and the Criteria of Authenticity

Disc 4

16. The Most Authentic Parts of the Synoptic Tradition
17. The Resulting Identity of Jesus
18. Problems of Harmonization Among the Synoptics
19. Problems of Harmonization Between the Synoptics and John
20. The Reliability of John (Part 1)

Disc 5

21. The Reliability of John (Part 2)
22. A Fourth Quest for the Historical Jesus
23. The Knowledge of the Jesus Tradition in the Early Epistles (Part 1)
24. The Knowledge of the Jesus Tradition in the Early Epistles (Part 2)
25. The Unique Problem of Miracles (Part 1)

Disc 6

26. The Unique Problem of Miracles (Part 2)
27. The Virginal Conception: Nativity or Naiveté
28. The Resurrection: Fact or Fiction
29. The Jesus We Never Knew
30. Summary and Conclusions

Apologetics Unplugged: Christians Think They Are So Superior, Part 2

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Join our hosts C. Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter as they continue their discussion surrounding potential problems with religion. In this episode they continue the discussion surrounding Christians thinking or acting as though they are morally superior to everyone else. But is it not the case that everyone has some morality they are asserting others should live by?

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Apologetics Unplugged: Christians Think They Are So Superior

Join our hosts C. Michael Patton, Clint Roberts and Carrie Hunter as they continue their discussion surrounding potential problems with religion. In this episode they discuss Christians thinking or acting as though they are morally superior to everyone else. Is it the case? Find out!

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Theology Unplugged: Does God Know the Future?

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Join Michael Patton, Tim Kimberley, J.J. Seid and Sam Storms as they discuss whether God knows the future.

Theology Unplugged: Is all Lying Sinful?

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Join Michael Patton, Tim Kimberley, J.J. Seid and Sam Storms as they discuss if all lying is sinful

I Can’t Live According to Your Lists

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To the legalist, almost everything is black and white. There are no grey areas. The Bible calls these “disputable areas” (Rom. 14:1). The historic church has called them adiaphora. Simply put, grey areas are things of which the Bible does not approve or disapprove that we have cautious freedom to participate in. Legalists love to focus on these grey areas, just waiting to rob you of your freedom. They have their “scruples” and if you don’t live by them, watch out! Their lists are long and varied.

Let me calm down for a moment. All of us have our “scruples,” including you! I remember at seminary one of my professors had problems with mixed bathing (girls and guys swimming together). I had a guy at Credo a couple of day ago whose church believed that men could not have a beard. Three days before, I was with two people who came from a tradition that said they must have a beard! I, personally, have a problem with people who asked for raised hands in church when evangelizing (“I see that hand”). Oh, I have my reasons, but I can’t really justify them as being biblical or the act as sinful. They are just scruples. These are things I don’t like, make me uncomfortable, and make me squirm. But they are things about which the Bible is indifferent.

The lists are long.

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking anti-depressants
  • Smoking
  • Going to the movies (or even having a television)
  • How one dresses
  • Dancing
  • Colorful language
  • Where you go to church
  • When you go to church
  • If you go to church (in this case, people require you to be in a church building once a week—in other words, church is always a building you go to rather than something that you do.
  • Celebrating Halloween
  • Playing Santa Clause with your kids
  • Starting a church in a bar
  • Driving a Camaro (okay, now this one is objectively right!)
  • Having breast implants
  • Wearing make-up
  • Living in a very large house
  • Standing on the side of the road begging for money
  • Seeing nudity (remember, in the Bible lust is the issue, not nudity—there are societies of people who don’t wear much clothing at all)
  • How often one has communion
  • Baptizing in a pool
  • Tattoos
  • Being too involved in politics
  • Not being involved in politics at all!
  • Styles of worship music
  • Eating meat
  • Head coverings
  • Listening to rock and roll

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