Just a quick note on the reliability of the Gospels.
I’ve written before about the fact that the Evangelists did not feel free to simply make stuff up about Jesus.
One of the signs of that is the fact that, despite the fact that St. Paul’s letters were extremely influential in the early Church and though they generally predate the Gospels, we don’t find the four Evangelists lifting statements from St. Paul and attributing them to Jesus.
Neither, in fact, do we find the Jesus of the Gospels interacting with many of the controversies that characterize the period in which the epistles were written.
Evangelical scholar Michael F. Bird makes the point well when he writes:...READ MORE