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The Historical Evidence for Christianity—Is It Enough?

By John W. Loftus, author of From Minister to Honest Doubter

Here I will examine whether or not the historical evidence for Christianity is enough to lead someone in today’s world to believe. I will claim that it isn’t. I start with German critic Gotthold Lessing’s (1729-1781) argument with regard to historical knowledge, personal experience, and the necessary truths (or conclusions) of reason when it comes to the Christian faith.

“Miracles, which I see with my own eyes, and which I have opportunity to verify for myself, are one thing; miracles, of which I know only from history that others say they have seen them and verified them, are another.” “But…I live in the 18th century, in which miracles no longer happen. The problem is that reports of miracles are not miracles….[they] have to work through a medium which takes away all their force.” “Or is it invariably the case, that what I read in reputable historians is just as certain for me as what I myself experience?”


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