3. On Christianity: Murdock makes Datings of the Gospels Later!
Murdock holds that the Gospels were not penned until after A. D. 150, a view held by NO major New Testament scholar, irrespective of their theological perspective, and that the Four Gospels were unknown to the early Christian Fathers and Justin Martyr, the most eminent of the early Fathers,”
This is false. In Justin's First Apology [i.e., First Defense], he writes, "For the apostles, in the memoirs composed by them, which are called Gospels, have thus delivered unto us what was enjoined upon them; that Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks, said, 'This do in remembrance of Me, this is My body;' and that, after the same manner, having taken the cup and given thanks, He said, 'This is My blood;' and gave it to them alone."(37)
So Justin calls the Gospels the "memoirs" of the apostles and then quotes from them.(38) In his Dialogue With Trypho, Justin makes mention of the "memoirs" another 13 times.(39) In every instance he either quotes from a Gospel or relates a story from them.