Not Many Wise -

Faith and spirituality in a modern world


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[1] Evidence of Jesus Christ – Non-Christian

Portrait of Jesus Christ historical figure.

Jeremy Bowen, BBC′s former Middle East correspondent, said about evidence of Jesus:- “I thought you couldn’t corroborate anything that was in the Gospels .. To start with I didn’t know there was a historical character called Jesus – I thought that you had to believe in Jesus the same way as you have to believe in God.
I discovered that in fact there is a lot of historical corroboration for the existence of this man…

Are dragons real creatures?

Golden yellow dragon with wings spread

There are a lot of references to dragons throughout history, but are dragons real? These creatures are probably based on real, living dinosaurs that are described correctly, or they have been described with the combined features of several dinosaurs, or they may be based on a real dinosaur with additional exaggerations. Written evidence from Europe and China…

What is truth?

RAF plane - close up of cockpit

Here is a bottle of fizzy drink. The label says: “SUGAR FREE.” So “Sugar Free” means it’s not sweet? Wrong! What is truth? It is very sweet because there’s loads of what they call ‘artificial sweeteners’ in it! So labels and adverts can be TRUE, and yet still be MISLEADING…

Gospels written too long after Jesus?

Donald Campbell's Bluebird

Were the Gospels written too long after Jesus? There have been several people who have said that the time between Jesus′ death and resurrection, and when the New Testament was written is a long time. But Donald Campbell’s story is a contemporary illustration: Donald Campbell is known for breaking world speed records, from 1955. Then in 1967 he died. So at the time of writing this article, it has been 37 years since his death. What would happen if someone said that Donald Campbell was just a myth…

[3] How reliable are sources in history?

A fragment of a manuscript.

how reliable are sources in history, ancient documents like: Caesar′s manuscripts on the Gallic War, Gospels in the Bible, New Testament, Thucydides′ History of Peloponnesian War, Tacitus Histories?
Let′s see the evidence for these writings, compared with the four Gospels…

Could early man write?

Huge flames from a bonfire.

The oldest surviving inscriptions are from 3300 – 3100 BC. But what about before that date? Could early man write? We are told by ‘popular history’ that mankind spent thousands of years passing on historical stories by word of mouth and by implication would include exaggeration and legend, but…

How old is the universe?

A bath filling up with water.

Let’s learn a lesson from some bath water: How old is the universe? Well we have to come up with a theory. So let’s do a practical demonstration: You come home one evening and find the bath is half filled with hot water – say 50 deg Centigrade…

Could Noah have built the huge Ark?

A close up of Stonehenge.

The Ark was slightly larger than a 14000 ton tanker.
It is strange but true, that many building marvels were built thousands of years ago and modern engineers have tried to recreate certain ancient buildings or machines and have often failed…

The Garden of Eden

Adam and Eve naked in the Garden.

Some people say that the Garden of Eden is just a parable, to teach us some moral truths and that it never really existed.
But in the Bible we are always told whether something is a parable – an invented story, or whether it is a true story…

[2] Jesus myth or true stories?

People listening to Jesus Christ

Was Jesus myth exaggerated or were the writers of the Gospels eyewitnesses? They wrote 10 to 40 years after Jesus′ death. Jesus’ enemies couldn’t deny His miracles, so they said…