From SkepticFroum.com 4/5/2005:
"There are at least 456 Old Testament prophetic references that pertain to a future person that ALL were fulfilled in the life of Jesus. Science and mathematics professor Dr. Peter Stoner, professor emeritus of science at Westmont College and Pasadena City College, estimated a reasonable probability that one man might have fulfilled just 8 of these 456 prophesies at one chance in 10 to the 28th power (10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)."|
Most web sites refer to a probability of 10 to the 17th power, but the 1963 version of Stoners book, Science Speaks, and the on-line version published by his son Donald Wayne Stoner uses 10 to the 28th.
In another calculation, Stoner used 48 prophecies and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is the incredible number 10157.
McDowell doesn't give the calculations either. He quotes a part of the forward to Science Speaks, which says the book was reviewed by members and the executive committee of the American Scientific Affiliation, a group of Christian men and women in science. He doesn't tell you that 7 of the 8 probabilities are arbitrary estimates by students at Pasadena City College with no facts to back them up.
Following is a response to the data posted on SkepticForum by "Beleth":
"Evidence that Demands a Verdict.", Josh McDowell
Science Speaks, 1963, Peter Stoner
Fulfilled Prophecies That Prove the Bible, (1931), George T. B. Davis