Interview with Bob Dutko on The Light WMUZ 103.5 FM

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CTS has uploaded the Bob Dutko Show from The Light WMUZ 103.5 FM with me talking about Unanswered: Lasting Truth For Trending Questions


Here is a video clip from the interview on the topic of biblical illiteracy:


My book Unanswered: Lasting Truth For Trending Questions has a whole chapter entitled “The Seller Nobody Reads” that touches on the subject of biblical illiteracy.


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Interview with Bill Feltner of Pilgrim Radio

Great Interview with Bill Feltner of Pilgrim Radio


Talking right now on Pilgrim Radio with @Bill Feltner in the Houston Baptist University radio studio. #Unanswered LifeWay Christian Resources Whitaker House Karen Campbell Media Spiritman Media

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Posted by Christian Thinkers Society on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston has recently written an article for 

Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?

This thought provoking article has received endorsements on twitter by



Jay Sekulow (is Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Liberty,)


Philip Nation (is Teaching Pastor of The Fellowship, Director of Content Development with @LifeWay, and Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University.)


Jonnie Moore (founder of Kairos Company)


LaurenGreenMcAfee (Director of Community Engagement for Museum of the Bible)


Lee Strobel (Author of Case for Christ, Professor at Houston Baptist University and Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church.)  

Christian Thinkers Society has multiple media events coming up for you to engage more with topics like biblical illiteracy from Dr. Jeremiah’s book, Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions:
  •  Feb. 23  Bill Feltner on Pilgram Radio KNIS-FM
  •  Feb. 25  In the Market with Janet Parshall on Moody Radio 
  •  Feb. 26  Bob Dutko WMUZ 
  •  Feb. 28  Sunday Night Live  KSBJ-FM
  •  Mar. 1.   Life Line with Craig Roberts  KFAX-FM
  •  Mar. 3    Chris Fabry LIVE!    Moody Radio 
  •  Mar. 14  Tommy Briggs & Jeff Howe YES-FM 
  •  Mar. 15 Michelle Vu interview for the Christian Post 
Make sure you keep up with all of CTS Media Events at, on twitter @jeremyjohnstonJ and on Facebook at Christian Thinkers Society. 

Honored to have publish this article, “Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?”

“Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?”

The Bible is a diverse love story. Actually, it is the greatest break-up-and-get-back together story the world has ever known.

The message of the Bible is that even though we are not what we should be, God loves us, redeems us, and has a purpose for our lives.

I wrote an article for “Why are so many Christians biblically illiterate?” and I wanted to share it with you.  Unfortunately, we are living in unprecedented times of biblical illiteracy. I will never forget one of my graduate students who thought Billy Graham preached the ‘sermon on the mount’ (see Matt. 5-7 if you need a hint). We need to understand the reality of biblical illiteracy if we hope to reverse the trends.

I am delighted there is hope. I’ve just returned from an amazing experience in Santiago, Cuba with the Museum of the Bible: La Biblia: The Way of God in the Way of Man where rare texts and manuscripts from the world’s largest private collections of biblical artifacts are on display — all Cubans are welcome and invited — at the newly renovated 500-year old Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. I look forward to sharing more in the future. 

Enjoy the FoxNews article and join me in praying for pastors, professors and Christians leaders across the country to lead the way in reversing the trends of biblical illiteracy. 

– Jeremiah



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Resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of Peter

Jeremiah’s New Monograph Released Today

Written and Researched in Oxford primarily at the Sackler Library:

95,000 Words Detailing the History of Resurrection Belief in the Judeo-Christian Context


All four canonical gospels identify the resurrection of Jesus, yet none detail the exact moment of its happening. The absence of this narrative detail was hotly contested in the second century, when critics derided a resurrection account without credible witness. Thus, the discovery of the Akhmim fragment at the end of the 19th century, which purports to provide exactly that detail, is a huge and surprisingly under-utilised addition to Biblical scholarship of the Apocryphal gospels. Johnston examines both the impact of this discovery on the scholarship at the time, and argues for the dating of the fragment to the second century AD. He identifies shared characteristics with other documents from this period, including a rise in anti-semitic feeling, and developments in concepts of the afterlife, and makes a claim for this fragment being the text that aided the development of these movements.

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The Resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of Peter: A Tradition-Historical Study of the Akhmîm Gospel Fragment 


Professor Jim Charlesworth and Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston – SBL 2015 – Atlanta

SERIES EDITOR’S PREFACE – by Professor Jim Charlesworth (Princeton)

In my The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the New Testament: A Guide to Publications (1987) I drew attention to 104 gospels, epistles, acts, and apocalypses that should be included in a full edition of the New Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. Some of them clearly antedate the latest composition in the canonical New Testament, and many, like the Gospel of Peter, claim to be an improved record of historical events related to Jesus from Nazareth.

The Gospel of Peter, which all scholars agree appeared as a work in the second century CE, is a stunning and rather unique document. It presents a cross that speaks, a novel feature that is investigated in J. D. Crossan’s The Cross that Spoke (1988). Crossan claimed that the Gospel of Peter 5:15–6:21 is “independent of the New Testament gospels,” a conclusion with which many scholars do not agree. In 2004, T. J. Kraus and T. Nicklas focused on and drew attention to the Greek fragments in Das Petrusevangelium und die Petrusapokalypse.

Naturally, most critics will dismiss as mythological the depiction of a cross that walks and talks. But the narrative may draw attention to the historicity and early dimensions of the canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. None of these evangelists explains how Jesus was resur- rected by God. Matthew adds that an angel descended from heaven and rolled back the stone and mentions an earthquake (28:2). But, readers of the New Testament gospel will ask: “What actually happened and did anyone witness it?” Most importantly, we are told that a resurrected Jesus appeared to his chosen disciples and also to one who first hated him, namely, Saul.

What should our judgment be when the apocryphal works provide names for the anonymous characters in the canonical gospels? For example, is the naming of the one who guarded Jesus’ tomb, Petronius, according to the Gospel of Peter 8:31 historical or legendary? Can it be considered authentic, as supplying the name “Malchus” for the one whose ear was severed by Peter according to the author or editor of the Gospel  of John (18:10). Or, are all such “additions” legendary and reflective of the need for more precise details as the naming of the two malefactors who were crucified with Jesus, namely Dysmas and Gestas. Likewise,  the apocryphal gospels report that Longinus is the name of the man who pierced Jesus’ side. These details are supplied in, but are not original to, the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus and Acts of Pilate. Early Christians read Jesus’ narrative and were curious as to the names of those who were anonymous in the canonical gospels. Thus, these details supply glimpses into early Church history and not into Jesus’ history. Careful study of these extracanonical materials raises a number of questions and at the same time suggests scenarios in which we may imagine early Christians wrestling with the meaning of the extraordinary event that brought the Christian Church into being.

I am pleased to publish Jeremiah J. Johnston’s careful and erudite study of Jesus’ resurrection according to the author of and traditions preserved in the Gospel of Peter. This stunning composition s us comprehend the long historical process of debating and vetting what will be called “the New Testament.” The collection evolved within a world of polemics. Eventually the four canonical gospels became dominant; and this is clear in P.Egerton 2, Papyrus 45, and Irenaeus. These works date to the late second century CE.

Scholars may now confront the claim that the author of the Gospel of Peter presents an apologetic version of Matthew. (I would add that 14:59–60 is dependent on John 21). They may also contemplate the identification of the Akhmim Codex Greek fragment as “probably” an “excerpt” from the Gospel of Peter known to Bishop Serapion (ca. 200). Scholars need to recall that no excerpt from the Gospel of Peter is found in Patristics, so we cannot compare excerpts; moreover, P.Oxyrhynchus 2949 and 4009 do not seem to preserve the Gospel of Peter. Jeremiah Johnston demonstrates, conclusively, that “the Akhmîm gospel fragment finds its place in the ongoing cut and thrust of second-century polemic and apologetic centred on early Christianity’s proclamation of the resurrection of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth.” Dr. Johnston lays a solid foundation for future discussions of the origin and importance of the Gospel of Peter. Particularly salutary is the refinement of methodology for comparing texts of uncertain date and provenience. Scholars will be able to apply  Dr. Johnston’s methods to other important, but undated, literature.

I appreciate Professor Evans’ insight that we must not jettison this apocryphal gospel as “heretical”; for example, the Gospel of Peter is not docetic. It is indeed a marvelously crafted apologetic masterpiece that reflects one of the heights of second-century creative literature. In some ways, it is an ancient novel like the Acts of Paul and Thecla, the Acts of Andrew, the Acts of John, and Joseph and Aseneth, which is probably a Jewish composition that heralds Joseph as “the son of God.”

The second century was not as important as the first, in which John the Baptizer, Jesus, James, Paul, and Peter lived, but it significantly defined the canon (with the challenge of Marcion, the emergence of Gnosticism, and the process of editing our traditions and even the gospels, notably  the Gospel of John that eventually included 7:53–8:11). “Orthodoxy” and “heresy” are anachronisms in the early decades of Christianity, but they clearly are adumbrated in the Johannine Epistles. Hence, the so-called Apocryphal New Testament highlights the importance and the character of our New Testament gospels. Dr. Johnston’s learned work makes a significant contribution to a field of study that a growing number of scholars now view as mainstream New Testament research.

James H. Charlesworth


Easter 2015

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Teaching Christians to Become Thinkers and Thinkers to Become Christians

Decision Magazine Quotes Myself & Dr. Craig A. Evans


Decision Magazine

The Evil Threat of ISIS

by Charles Chandler

This is an exploratory article that seeks to reveal the true motives behind ISIS, written by Charles Chandler.

Decision examined 5 questions about ISIS, in which myself (Dr. Jeremiah J. Johnston) and Dr. Craig A. Evans were quoted within their questioning, because of our scholarship on the issue, and we have also co-authored, Jesus and the Jihadis.





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Decision magazine – The Evil Threat of ISIS – January 2016. To order Jeremiah Craig A Evans book "Jesus and the Jihadis" Go to

Posted by Christian Thinkers Society on Friday, January 15, 2016