As a medical professional, I spend a good portion of my time at work with research journals, which I read to improve my ability to care for my patients using the latest evidence-based practices. Personally, I tend to give most of my attention to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA) and the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN). However, odds are your primary care physician or other doctors you know are more partial to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He or she probably has a file of articles that are most useful to them in their own practice, and they probably know most of those by heart.
But, did you know apologists also have a good reason to read medical journals? Particularly the JAMA?
You may have heard some skeptics claiming (to paraphrase Mark Twain) that, “Reports of Christ’s death are greatly exaggerated”. He just swooned on the cross, they say, just lost consciousness – no actual physical dying involved.
And what do you lose when you get rid of the death of Christ? Why, the resurrection, of course, for there can be no resurrection without a dead body.
And without the resurrection, we lose everything.
1 Corinthians 15:14
That said, the actual, physical, complete stone cold death of Christ is a Gospel essential. And this is where the JAMA comes in.