3 Early Christian Artifacts and What They Tell Us About the First Church
Most Christians in the local church have never been exposed to the discoveries made by Textual Critics and Paleographers studying the New Testament. In this lecture, Clark takes audiences on a tour of some of the earliest New Testament manuscripts and their history, revealing very significant theological insights into the first believers and what they taught.
What is Textual Criticism?
In this lecture, Clark draws on his training, education and experience in the field of New Testament Textual Criticism and Paleography. In some circles, the idea of being critical of the New Testament is something to reject, but in reality, it’s the science and art of textual criticism that allows Christians find the original message of the Bible. Filled with images of actual New Testament manuscripts, this lecture will help audiences understand some of the basic terms used in Textual Criticism and the methods used to date and track biblical manuscripts.
The Gospel According to Who?
What about the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Thomas, or even the Gospel of Mary? You’ve probably heard of at least one of these new “gospels” in your lifetime, and given the amount of attention paid to these books in the media, the question has to be asked, “Why aren’t they in the New Testament we have today?” Is there a way to know that these books, or any others, should not be in our modern Bibles? In this lecture, Clark examines the evidence for the canonicity of the New Testament as it exists today and examines the evidence for these “other” gospels in light of history.
The Reliability of The Bible
It’s often claimed that there are more discrepancies in the New Testament than there are words. Is this true? To complicate matters, how can we claim to have a Scripture inspired by God if we don’t even have the original documents? Skepticism regarding the Bible as a whole, and the New Testament in particular, is growing in the secular world, which is why Clark has designed this lecture to answer common objections to the reliability of the Bible.
The Reality of the Resurrection
While most outside the Christian faith dismiss the resurrection of Jesus as unbelievable, and many within the Christian faith are increasingly downplaying its significance, the reality of the resurrection is the foundation upon which all the Christian faith stands. This lecture is designed to cover the four basic, indisputable facts surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the various objections and competing theories prevalent in modern skepticism.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
Based upon the popular book of the same name, written by Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek, this presentation demonstrates the reasonableness of the Christian worldview over and against all others. Having been taught this material by Dr. Turek himself, Clark uses this lecture to discuss topics including the nature of truth, the evidence for miracles, arguments for the existence of God from origin, design and morality, as well as the life and deity of Jesus Christ.
Why I Trust the Gospels
Most Christians can point to a particular saying of Jesus in the New Testament Gospels and describe the message, but very few have ever looked at these stories of Jesus with an eye for details. We don’t often want to “major in the minors” but in this talk, Clark shows how the minor details in the four Gospels effectively prove the trustworthiness of their overall message.
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