Posted: Sep 04, 2011 1:58 pm
by Shrunk
Ichthus77 wrote:Shrunk and Cito--These are undesigned coincidences because the Gospel authors fill in eachother's missing details without intending to. Now...perhaps God a hand in that, or perhaps he only 'sustained' it...

You're overlooking several other obvious alternatives.

but the primary point is that their not intending to fill in eachother's details is a good test for the authenticity of what they are shows they did not rely on eachother, that they are independent sources.

Well, if we assume these were completely independent people who were strangers to each other and never discussed the events they are supposedly recounting, maybe. But no one is claiming that, are they?

I'm not sure what the point is supposed to be, anyway. To prove that Jesus actually existed and some of the events recounted in the NT actually occurred? There are some extremists who doubt that, but they're a decided minority. That a bunch of people witnessed something, then wrote separate accounts of the event, each of which differs in the details they include, is hardly a miraculous occurence, is it?