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What’s in a Name?

October 27, 2011

I’ve written about my struggle with faith and doubt in an earlier post. C.S. Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity, was one of the resources that God used to help me think through some of my questions. In the book, he claimed that it was impossible to believe that Jesus was either a prophet or a good man, but not the Son of God. He stated that you either had to take Jesus at His word, or believe that he was a lunatic or a liar. In a recent lecture given by Dr. Peter Williams, he discussed a fourth possibility; that the idea of Jesus is just a legend. This idea seems to be growing in some circles. Dr. Williams submits evidence that in fact, the Gospels were written by eyewitnesses to real events that were centered around a real man. He does this by looking at the use of the names the writers used in their narratives of  people, geography, and plant life. His lecture is entertaining as well as insightful. It is worth your time, especially if you, like me, have struggled with your faith.

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