Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Undesigned Coincidences (resurrected by Dr. Tim McGrew in 2011)

I just updated two previous blog posts written in 2011 on Dr. McGrew's (Library of Historical Apologetics) (EPS author) undesigned coincidences (1, 2).  I added some talks he has given since then, and linked to some of his newer resources, like this video (here is the full series of talks at Calvary Bible Church, with powerpoint and notes!), and the Audio Resources by Tim McGrew, including Internal Evidence for the Gospels by Tim McGrew (notes!) on Apologetics315.

The evidence called "undesigned coincidences" was resurrected from the archives of historical apologetics by Dr. Tim McGrew in early 2011, though a few mentions of it can be found earlier than that. You can find some material posted by the Christadelphians (they are Unitarians). I also found three books, one written in 2009, one it refers back to, written originally in the 50s and updated in the 90s, and one written in 1836, but is not among the ones mentioned by Dr. McGrew in one of my previous posts on u.c. (he does, however, refer back to J.J. Blunt and WIlliam Paley, where it all seems to have started, not counting the Bible).

There are undesigned coincidences I did not cover in my blog posts, which are covered in the newest talks to which I linked, so my posts need further updating (or perhaps I'll just start a new one). I would also like to update the old posts to distinguish between internal and external, and reorder the numbering system accordingly.

I also want in *this* post to give a shout-out to some blog posts that have sprouted since Dr. McGrew's 2011 resurrection of the "undesigned coincidences"...[there are also forums where u.c.s have been discussed: 1 (answered by Tim in a blog post below), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ...some of them are deliberately abandoned, but feel free to resuscitate them if you feel it would be fruitful...]...

Berean church blog: Undesigned Coincidences by Dan Porte

CrossExamined: Undesigned Scriptural Coincidences: The Ring of Truth by Jonathan McLatchie

TC Apologetics: Scott Smith's talk on Undesigned Coincidences

dangerous idea: Tim McGrew responds to Ed Babinski's critique

Christian Apologetics Alliance: One example is used in The Nativity Defended by Jonathan McLatchie, more examples are given in J.w. Wartick's Jesus' Birth: How undesigned coincidences give evidence for the truth of the Gospel accounts, and he also points out that Jim Wallace lists some undesigned coincidences in chapter 12 of Cold Case Christianity (review).

J.w. Wartick: Forgotten Arguments for Christianity: Undesigned Coincidences- The argument stated


Thinking Matters: Tim McGrew on Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels

Triablogue: Undesigned coincidences

Lydia McGrew's What's Wrong with the World (and Extra Talks): A Talk on Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and He Is Risen!

Gentle Reformation: Undesigned Coincidences - Tim McGrew

Psephizo: Undesigned Coincidences and historical reliability

The Gospel of Erik: (vid) Undesigned Coincidences: An argument for the veracity of the Gospels

Logos Apologia: Undesigned Coincidences from the Library of Historical Apologetics

MandM: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels - Tim McGrew

Wintery Knight: Tim McGrew explains how undesigned coincidences affect textual reliability (more)

theophilos: Undesigned coincidences inspired by the Holy Spirit

Biblo's Blog: (audio) Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels

Bible Think: Undesigned Coincidences (see right sidebar for more) (full pdf) (might be Christadelphian)

What had happen' was...: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels by Tim McGrew - Apologetics315

agnus dei: Undesigned Coincidences - Evidence for the historicity of the Gospels (Tim McGrew)

Dead Heroes Don't Save: Undesigned Coincidences: Feeding the 5000

The World of the Bible: History and the Gospels: Undesigned Coincidences

Cold and Lonely Truth: External Biblical Coincidences (audio)

Lastly, Ben Williamson shares his Discovered Undesigned Coincidences

Hopefully even more bloggers take hold of this and spread the word about undesigned coincidences, and start sharing ones they themselves discover, like Ben! :0)

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