Originally Posted by Fang66
Theology =/= archeology and he is a trained in theology so that means he knows a lot about imaginary beings right?
Anyway if he can point me towards any reliable extra biblical evidence of the supernatural claims of the bible I would be most interested.
Clearly I would be unable to challenge an intellect and wit such as yours.
Please note that I said "verify various aspects of the Biblical account." For example, the discovery of the Caiaphas ossuary discussed in the linked article confirms the existence of the high priest who played a central role in the crucifixion of Jesus. What we gain from archaeological finds is material confirmation of random, sometimes insignificant bits, of the writings of someone like Luke. But when a witness is shown to be correct time and time again in areas we can verify (on points he could not predict) it makes the unverifiable parts more likely as he has proven himself trustworthy.
Let's suspend our disbelief for a moment and pretend you have a friend. Your friend has shown himself to be correct and reliable on every occasion. Now he tells you something that is hard to believe and unverifiable. You would be inclined to trust him based on your past experiences with him.
That's what faith is like. It is not belief despite the evidence, but rather trust based on a witness who has shown himself to be reliable.