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Examining Jesus by the Historical Method

The Historian’s Job is Much Like That of a Detective.

In this eight part series, we will investigate how Jesus stands up to the historical scrutiny afforded to any person of antiquity. This week, we will examine the issue of area of multiple, independent sources.

Historians do not accept a historical testimony at face value. They look for a variety of sources relaying the same information. The more sources they have pertaining to an event, the more certain the historian is that the event actually took place.

The historian’s job is much like that of a detective. A detective assesses a crime scene. In doing so, the detective looks for eyewitnesses. One person may have seen the crime from one area. Another may have seen the crime from another angle. The more eyewitnesses, the more certain the detective can be that the event took place in a particular fashion. The same is true for the historian.

As it relates to Jesus, one must ask whether there are multiple independent testimonies relating Jesus. The answer is…

“No Compulsion”?–Violence and Force in Religion

A Comparative Analysis of Christianity and Islam

  • 2/20/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Author: Steve Schlichter
  • Number of views: 9477

“No Compulsion”?–Violence and Force in Religion

Speakers: Steve Schlichter, Wissam Al-Aethawi and Jim Walker

Location: Dearborn Covenant Church, 18575 Outer Dr.

When is violence justified? In this seminar we will look at the Old Testament and the Qur'an in terms of violent actions and violent commands. What are the justifications for violence? Do one or the other condone violence?  If so, for what reasons? If not, why has violence been part of their history and/or the present? 

Wissam Al-Aethawi will cover the Biblical rules of engagement, proper hermeneutics of violent passages, and finally the great commission and the New Testament method of spreading the faith.

Jim Walker will examine Islam’s theological basis and scope of application for the use of force to spread Islam’s rule.  The statements and teachings found in the Qur'an, hadith, and sira, coupled with actions and events during Muhammad’s life form the basis for this topic.  Also, the statement “there is no compulsion in religion” (Qur'an 2:256) will be reviewed for its context and scope.

Violence and Protection of Life

Including one's own

Violence is a tool. It is not a hammer or screwdriver that goes in your toolbox for everyday use. It is a tool of last resort. It is behind the glass broken only in extreme circumstances. What are the appropriate circumstances? We always want to avoid violence but there are circumstances when violence is necessary.

The Qur'an and hadiths of Islam teach that violence is an appropriate tool for the propagation of religion. In contrast, the Hebrew conquest of Canaan was a period in which God-ordained violence occurred but the purpose of the conquest was not to gain converts. Later, Jesus and the entire New Testament make it very clear that violence must never be a tool for the Church to spread Christianity or the gospel message.   This brings us to the question of self-defense.

“E-­pologetics”...Not just a Head Game (click here)

What it is and why it is essential for today's culture.

  • 3/19/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Author: Steve Schlichter
  • Number of views: 21624

“E-­pologetics”...Not just a head game

Speakers: Chris Samuel and Tremayne Terrell

Location: Dearborn Covenant Church, 18575 Outer Dr. 




The Origin of Meekness

Humans value humility in each other so what should we expect from God?

  Have you ever wondered why people value humility?

The Qur'an speaks of humility. In surah 3:159 Muhammed is praised for his humility by dealing gently with those who could have been in rebellion to him.


"And by the Mercy of Allah, you dealt with them gently. And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from you." [Al Imran 3:159]

Where does this value come from? If Muhammed is praised as meek then shouldn't we expect this to be an attribute of God's? How does the Muslim God demonstrate meekness?


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