Appendices  in  Common Sense Christianity

Book Chapter by C. Randolph Ross

The two appendices are somewhat more technical in nature. Appendix A is on the canon, the Christ, and the historical Jesus, in which we consider how the authority of the Bible is related to the authority of Jesus. I argue that Jesus the Christ must serve as our “canonical principle’ by which we decide which …

Appendix A: The Canon, the Christ and the Historical Jesus  in  Common Sense Christianity

Book Chapter by C. Randolph Ross

Since early in the Church’s history the Old and New Testament have been recognized as its "Canon", as authoritative over all other writings, beliefs and opinions. But in recent decades there has been an increasing tendency to try to go behind this, to reconstruct the traditions and writings as they existed before they were incorporated …

Appendix B: Biblical Scholarship and the Resurrection: Did He or Didn’t He?  in  Common Sense Christianity

Book Chapter by C. Randolph Ross

Anyone who wishes to propose a hypothesis for “what really happened” on Easter is taking on a difficult challenge. Besides the fact that this is an emotionally charged subject, we have no evidence except for accounts written down fifty or more years later by people who had a particular point to prove. Nevertheless over the …