Monday, June 17, 2013

Dating the Gospels and Spiritual Warfare

Peter Leithart:
As with the synoptic problem as a whole, the issue of dating is ultimately a spiritual battle. Consider: If the gospels are written shortly after Jesus dies and rises again, by eyewitnesses, are you inclined to believe them? What if they are written fifty years after Jesus, by people who never knew Jesus Himself? Are you as likely to believe the gospels then? The further away the gospels are from the events of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, the less reliable they seem.
The Four: A Survey of the Gospels (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2010), 104.

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