Sunday, July 01, 2007

Who Really Wrote the Gospels?

I recently stumbled on a website (apparently Catholic) with an encyclopedia like entry that stated scholars agree that the gospel authors were not eyewitnesses of Christ. I e-mailed the webmaster the following:

In your document “St. Thomas the Apostle” you stated:

“Scholars of the New Testament generally agree that none of the gospels were written by people who had ever met Jesus of Nazareth during his lifetime.”

I’m not sure if your site is supposed to be Catholic or what but you should know first that your statement is not in line with Church teaching. Apostolic Authority was one of the key criteria for selecting the books of the canon. If it is true that the authors were not apostolic (either eye witness or close disciple of an eye witness) then several councils (ratified by popes) would be in error thus pretty much invalidating the entire faith.

Secondly, it is not true that scholars generally agree on that statement. Yes there are a number of liberal scholars who reject all written history available and say that the authors were not Matthew-Mark-Luke John… But there are still a huge number of Orthodox scholars who believe that they were written by the said authors .

I hope you will take time to consider how important it is to be in line with Church teaching and tradition in the future.

The peace of our Lord, Jesus Christ be with you both now and forever. Amen
I was pleasantly surprised to receive the following response the same day:
I reviewed the statement that you pointed to in your email. The encyclopedia used for the source of this statement verified its usage. I decided that the statement is an opinion and removed it. Thank you for taking the time to email me of your concern.
Just goes to show ya never know what can happen - and don't sit by while lies are being told about your faith!

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