had lunch with a friend last week who would like to have a faith but finds there are just too many obstacles. "You can't trust the Bible....how can there be one try religion (and any oine version of it)...what about evolution...and the resurrection?" And....it was a long lunch.
I'm not sure that I was very convincing but a couple of things that came our of our conversation struck my friend. If the resurrection accounts are fiction and if the new testament is just propaganda then why would they record that the first person to see the risen Christ was a woman? That may not strike modern reader as especially noteworthy, but in 1st century culture a woman's testimony just wasn't valid, she couldn't appear as a witness in a trial nor even give evidence for herself. It always had to be men. And yet here is (at least it's not been repeated!) the greatest 'incident' in the history of the world and who confirms it, but a woman?
My friend also doubted the truthfulness of the New Testament, 'since it was written hundreds of years after Christ'. I think this myth has grown as a result of some of Dan Browns stuff in the Da Vinci code. In fact the gospel accounts were written within decades of Jesus' death. Anyway more of that tomorrow.