Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
If Christian scripture is "inspired", then why....
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:05am (XFF: Theists care whether the gospels were written by eyewitnesses?

I had a long debate over the weekend about the gospels, and who actually wrote them, and when.

As far as I can determine, "scholarly consensus" is that the earliest gospel was written around 70, and the later ones in the 80s, 90s, or 100s.

"Scholarly consensus" is also that the gospels are anonymous, and the true authorship cannot now be determined. But given the late dates, they almost certainly were NOT written by THE Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

But if you are a Christian, and if you think the gospels were "divinely inspired", then what DIFFERENCE does it make who wrote them? Why would a Theist try to prove that the gospels were written by the apostles, eyewitnesses to the events? Why would that matter? They could have been written at ANYTIME, and by ANYONE, as long as what they wrote was "divinely inspired".

  • Click here to receive daily updates

    Religion and Ethics BBS