CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES

Christian Evidences Assignment
Instructions

Overview

In both Christian Evidences Assignments, you
will answer three prompts based on reading from the learn material and any
additional research you want to conduct. The goal with these assignments is to
analyze the concepts presented and succinctly synthesize it into a coherent
response based on the types of experiences Christians face when being asked
about their faith.

Instructions

Each Christian
Evidences Assignment should answer all
three questions. Each question should be answered in 2-3 pages, double
spaced. These three questions should then be combined into a 6-9 page essay,
double spaced, and submitted as a singular assignment. It is expected that the
course textbook reading will qualify as the primary source for writing essays;
however, you are permitted to use other sources. Any sources quoted or used in
the essay should be cited using current APA, MLA, or Turabian. Each essay is
meant to answer a related group of questions, so it is important that you are
thorough in answering the questions completely.

Christian Evidences: Jesus and the Bible Assignment

1.      You
are speaking with a new friend in the neighborhood. The conversation takes a
turn towards religion, and you begin to share your faith and background with
your friend. This friend smirks, then states that he doubts that Jesus ever
lived. How would you respond to him?

2.      In an
essay, answer the following question: Why is it important for the Christian to
believe in the historicity of Jesus Christ? Or in other words, why is
historicity important? The key word in this question is “why.” Be sure to
answer accordingly.    

3.      You
meet a person on the ski lift at a local ski area, and in making small talk,
you mention that you are taking college classes in the Bible. This new
acquaintance is not trying to be antagonistic, but nevertheless, brings up something
that he had heard regarding the “corruption” of the Bible. Upon further
inquiry, you discover that this man has taken for granted the argument that the
New Testament was corrupted over the centuries through the transmission
process, and is thus unreliable. How might you answer him?

Christian Evidences: Jesus and the Resurrection
Assignment

1.      Describe
the “minimal” facts approach to the resurrection question. Be sure in your
answer, to provide a general description and outline of this approach when applied
to the resurrection of Christ. Do you agree or disagree with this approach?

2.      Can
one “prove” that Jesus was raised from the dead? Why or why not? Can evidence
from the case for the resurrection be used to further any other apologetic
inquiries or arguments? If so, which ones?  
         

3.      Why is
it so important to deal with the question of “legend” as it pertains to the
resurrection? What is the relationship between the early dating of New
Testament documents and the dispelling of accusations that the resurrection
story developed as a legend? Why is it so important that resurrection testimony
be dated back to the years immediately following the crucifixion of Christ? Why
is the recognition of “creeds” so important in establishing an argument
refuting the “legendary development” objection to the resurrection?