Skeptics say “we don’t know who wrote the gospels, but it wasn’t Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John”. They’re using a double standard.
by Erik Manning
Double standards are the worst.
Have you ever been on the other side of a double standard? Of course, you have.
Take for example the subject of women’s breasts. OK, that was me shamelessly trying to get your attention. But now that I got your attention, hear me out. In America, it’s perfectly acceptable for breasts to be on display on newsstands in the grocery aisle. But if you pull a breast out at Walmart to feed a baby — you know, what breasts were actually made for — you’ll get all kinds of awkward looks. My wife can attest to this. It often meant she’d have to go sit in the backseat of a cold van to nurse one of our kids. During the Iowa winter, that’s not fun.
OK, so what does that have to do with the gospels? Because when it comes to the gospels, there are huge double standards. They are presumed to be guilty until proven innocent. Normal ways of doing history seemingly get thrown out the window. And a big example of this is when it comes to the debate authorship of the gospels.
We have very good external evidence that the gospels were written by the names traditionally ascribed to them — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Let me just quote to you some of the early church fathers…