Who stole from whom? That is the question! Biblical Christianity is based on historical truth. Take away this foundation and Christianity looses its credibility. Many modern-day critics are trying to discredit the Old and New Testament records and the life of Jesus by claiming these are borrowed from pagan myths and legends. In this issue of the Areopagus Journal the authors show how Christianity answers the attacks by skeptics. The article by Merrill, “The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East,” defends the Biblical accounts of the worldwide flood, genealogies, the tower of Babel, and lives of the patriarchs as being uniquely historical. Sharp, in her article, “Christianity Among the Myths,” responds to the story of Christ being a remake of Osiris, Hows, and Mithias. She shows that comparing Christianity to these myths demonstrates all the more the profound uniqueness of Christian beliefs. Lastly, Hux in his article, “Is the Trinity Pagan?” takes on the claim that the trinity is borrowed from paganism. This claim is especially found in anti-Trinitarian groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostalism, and Islam. He shows that instead of Christianity borrowing the Trinity form paganism, it is more likely that Paganism borrowed from Christianity!
Veritas: Are Bible Doctrines Stolen from Pagan Myths? by Craig Branch
The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East by Eugene H. Merrill
Christianity Among the Myths by Mary Jo Sharp
Is the Trinity Pagan? by Clete Hux
Evangelicals Engaging Emergent: A Discussion of the Emergent Church Movement. Ed. by William D. Henard and Adam W. Greenway. B and H, 2009
True For You But Not For Me: Overcoming Objections to the Christian Faith, 2D. ED. by Paul Copan. Bethany House Publishers, 2009
On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision. by William Lane Craig. David C. Cook Distribution, 2010