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The benefit of distance

As the Mpeketoni attacks were initially reported and in the days afterwards I was struck by the same thought that I had in the midst of the Westgate attack.

Sometimes those attacking the reliability of the New Testament documents pour scorn on the fact that they were written at least thirty years after the event.

But as I read the hour by hour and minute by minute updates of the recent attacks, the conflicting reports in online newspaper and social media sources, listened to the conflicting statements and analyses of politicians and pundits, heard of crazy rumours and SMSs flying around I realised that it may well take 30 years for the truth to come out.

An analysis at a distance, cross-checking all the living witnesses and written evidence is far more likely to give an accurate picture than one posted on Facebook or Twitter in the heat of the battle.

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught. (Luke 1:1-4)

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