Christian Apologetics 4 - Secular Evidence

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Secular evidence for the Bible.

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Christian Apologetics:

Christian Apologetics Defending the faith: secular evidence for Christ and the Bible

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Christian Apologetics There are a number of references in secular literature contemporary with Jesus Christ and the Early Church that refer to Christ. These references provide solid evidence for the historicity of Jesus Christ.

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Christian Apologetics In fact, there is “better historical documentation for Jesus than for the founder of any other ancient religion” (Strobel 86). Let’s examine these references.

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Christian Apologetics Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, wrote regarding James, the brother of Jesus, of Pilate, and of Jesus himself in his book, The Antiquities . Though some of the wording is disputed, it nevertheless provides support for Jesus’ life (Josephus, The Antiquities 18.63-64).

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Christian Apologetics Flavious Josephus

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Christian Apologetics The Roman historian Tacitus recorded in AD 115 that Nero persecuted the Christians and blamed them for the fire in Rome.

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Christian Apologetics Tacitus

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Christian Apologetics He wrote, “Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.

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Christian Apologetics “ Christus , from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty [crucifixion] during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontus Pilate.” (Tacitus, Annals 15.44

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Christian Apologetics Emperor Claudius, according to Roman historian Seutonius , expelled the entire community of the Jews and Jewish Christians (some 40,000 people or more) in AD 49 from Rome.

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Christian Apologetics Emperor Claudius

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Christian Apologetics Evidently, he based this drastic decision on riots instigated by one “ Chresto ,” probably an alternative reading for “ Christo ,” a reference to Christ (Suetonius, Claudius 25.4).

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Christian Apologetics In his correspondence with Emperor Trajan, Pliny the Younger and governor of Bithynia, referred to the Christians who worshipped Christ “as if to a god” and were committed to doing good and suffered under persecution (Pliny the Younger, Letters 10.96).

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Christian Apologetics Pliny the Younger

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Christian Apologetics Phlegon , a Greek author, attested to the darkness from “the greatest eclipse of the sun” in AD 33 about the sixth hour of the day, thus affirming the darkness that took place during Christ’s crucifixion. ( Phlegon , Olympiades he Chronika 13)

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Christian Apologetics Each of these sources provides independent , secular testimony to Christ and the Bible.

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