As Christian physicians dealing with unbelievers, the quintessence of our apologetic is the reliability of the New Testament. D., meaning that one or two gospels could have been written as early as seven to ten years after the crucifixion! The Bodmer Collection’s complete copies of New Testament books dates to within 150 years after they were written.
In 1981, Geisler testified in "the Scopes II trial" (Mc Lean v. Additionally, he was the founder and first president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics.
In 1997, Geisler co-authored When Cultists Ask: A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretation.
Three elements establish an ancient document’s authenticity: 1. The trustworthiness of the New Testament text comes from three sources. Having copies of an ancient book within twenty-five to 200 years of the original is an astoundingly short period of time compared to secular works from antiquity that survive in a handful of manuscripts copied about 1,000 years after they were composed. The 0.5 percent does not affect any major doctrine; it is not missing text, but scribal notes subsequently incorporated into the text. ” There is widespread misunderstanding about the 200,000 “errors” in the biblical manuscripts.
The first-century church intentionally created myths about Jesus because of its religious needs and interests . If the New Testament is a historically reliable document written by honest eyewitnesses, then the events written therein actually happened. New Testament Reliability Norman Geisler (BECA 381-385, 527-538) has argued for the reliability of the New Testament based on document authenticity and author reliability. Further, the gospels must have been written in the 1st century because early Christian writers between 95-150 A. The Chester-Beady papyri contain nearly the complete New Testament from 250. Sir Fredrick Kenyon wrote, “The number of New Testament manuscripts, early translations, and quotations from it by the Church Fathers is so large that it is practically certain that the true reading of every doubtful passage is preserved in some one or other of these ancient authorities.” Biblical scholar Bruce Metzger found that the New Testament has been transmitted with 99.5 percent accuracy.
That is why graded absolutism is also called the "greater good view", but is not to be confused with utilitarianism (see also prima facie right).