Do Gospel Writers Intentionally Include Contradictions? Yes!

by Sean McDowell

One of the most common challenges to the reliability of the four Gospels is the claim that they contain contradictions. Critics often wonder why Mathew, Mark, Luke and John differ over details such as the number of angels at the tomb and the manner of Judas’s death.

As my father and I explain in the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, there are many good explanations for these seeming contradictions. But there is one explanation that often gets ignored, namely, that the Gospel writers intentionally included contradictions for a deeper literary point.

To see my point, let’s briefly consider two examples of apparent contradictions in the writings of the apostle John…
 

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Do Gospel Writers Intentionally Include Contradictions? Yes!