BRITISH-INFLUENCED CRITICAL EVANGELICAL SCHOLARSHIP

At first searching for the “historical Jesus” was confined to liberal, i.e. critical scholarship, but now prominent British-trained evangelicals have advocated such a practice . . .

LOTS MORE COMING SOON! but for now . . .

*criteria of embarrassment

*criteria of multiple attestation

*criteria of Palestinian environment

*criteria of coherence

*criteria of dissimilarity

etc. etc. etc.

Above: CRITERIA OF AUTHENTICITY CHECK-LIST (evangelical Ipad edition–Don’t leave the Gospels without it)

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BUT FOR NOW . . . NEW DISCOVERY USING HISTORICAL-CRITICAL PRINCIPLES:

Matthew 16:3 //Mark 8:27//Luke 9:18//Gospel of Thomas 121

“Now when Jesus came into the district of evangelical theological seminaries, He was asking these evangelical critical scholars, ‘Who do you people say that the Son of Man is?’”

“Behold, they answered and said to him, ‘we’ll apply pre-selected criteria of authenticity and debate the results that we have already predetermined to be acceptable to us’”

and we’ll get back to you, Jesus!

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BRITISH-INFLUENCED EVANGELCAL MANIFESTO

  • since we as British-trained evangelicals accept post-modernistic historiography
  • since all history involves interpretation . . . and since we only have the “footprints” of Jesus in the gospels . . .
  • we must search!, we must!, we must–yes, we must!
  • we need to search because that’s what British-trained evangelical scholars do for the academy as well as respectability!  (After all, I say, old chap, lay-people and knee-jerk fundamentalists just don’t have our level of understanding; low-IQ you know due to flouride in the water; they just merely accept the documents; how unscholarly!)

***This cited ”holistic” account above has been deemed as a ”probable” or “core” “essentially” historically “possible” Gospel account using evangelically agreed upon criteria, especially the “criteria of embarrassment” as indicting another Key Event!

Wow, this is embarrassing!

We now have not 12 but 13 KEY EVENTS!!!!!

someday, maybe we’ll be able to sketch in the likelihood of the at least 300 “significant-to-us” events in the Gospels but, for now, 13 ain’t bad.

that’s about .04333333333333% of the total

Wow, ya gotta love those criteria for what they can do!

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“AS GO THE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES, SO GOES THE CHURCH”

J. Gresham Machen, The Christian Faith in the Modern World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1936) 65.

1881-1937

J. Gresham Machen was a U.S. Presbyterian theologian and one of the most eloquent spokesmen for the evangelical position in the “fundamentalist v liberal” controversies of the 1920s and 1930s. He fought the good fight against the inroads of liberal theology and the hypocrisy of those Presbyterian ministers who vowed on their ordination to uphold the divine authority of the Word of God in Holy Scripture, and then spent the rest of their lives preaching doctrines contrary to the Word of God.

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