This article will list certain historical facts from the Bible or related to its message. Since the secular historical consensus is that these facts are true, skeptics cannot deny these facts.
What is the significance of this list?
- While skeptics may debate Christians on some things that the Bible says, they must agree with Christians on these (or at least, provide special arguments as to why they think they are right and everyone else is wrong). Failure to agree here indicates a lack of commitment to the truth, and thus, futility of any discussion.
- When skeptics come up with alternate scenarios (may be Jesus didn't have a virgin birth, may be he didn't rise from the dead), this list provides a minimum core that the alternative scenarios have to take into account or incorporate. Any alternative scenario that does not take into account these facts must be rejected by those who have a commitment to the truth.
Note the wording below carefully. For example, historians don't agree to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But historians agree that the gospels (Jesus' biographies) report it.