Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Episode 27 Cross-Examining the Four Witnesses Part 2


Does the New Testament provide a clear and accurate portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth? If the gospels provide the testimony of four independent witnesses who overwhelmingly agree on the details, as apologists claim, then we would have reason to trust these accounts. But modern biblical scholarship paints a radically different picture of the gospels, their origins and historical accuracy. In this, the second of a two part series, the Doubtcasters consider and respond to recent counter-arguments offered by prominent Christian apologists.

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12 comments:

jez said...

hoorah! been looking forward to this. thanks for the great podcast

Zach said...

Hey i'm looking to read one of burt ehrmans books what one do you suggest as a "beginner" book?

PlainSkeptic said...

Zach,

I have read two of Erhman's books. I recommend Misquoting Jesus. I also recommend Erhman's Teaching Company tapes on "Lost Christianities" and "the Historical Jesus."

Jeremy said...

I'd second that. Erhman's TTC lectures are very valuable if you can get your hands on them. His textbook, The New Testiment: a historical introduction to the early Christian writings is one of the best overviews on NT scholarship I've ever come across. I use it for my Bible as Lit classes and when preparing for the Podcast. Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I love it, counter-apologetics is such a relief after listening to the same mindless crap on the apologists spew out on this topic.

Just a though, actually more like a dream, but wouldn't it be awesome if you could get someone like Erhman on the show? Is it even possible?

Jean-Michel Abrassart said...

You did it again: great show!

Anonymous said...

Another great show guys! For more on this topic, here is the Easter Challenge. http://www.ffrf.org/books/lfif/?t=stone

The position I take when my atheism/morality questioned by xtians is... I'm not the one that goes to church to worship someone that tortured his own son and then turned him into a zombie. I will not lower my moral standards to worship a mass murdering myth.

Keep up the good fight.

Anonymous said...

Hey, at the end of the show you guys implied you'll be podcasting "next week." Does that mean you're gonna start podcasting each week instead of every other? Cause that would be cool.

Jeremy said...

Well, yes and no. I when I said "next week" I really meant "next time". But starting Jan 5th we are going to experiment for awhile with releasing the pod weekly. If we can keep up the quality without creating a nightmare for our schedules we'll stick with the weekly format. Its a lot of work though, and we're all very busy people so no guarantee.

JB

Anonymous said...

I'm always satisfied to wait for a show every couple of weeks if it means we get to hear the same high quality content you deliver every time. (If you can make it work every week, though, that would be great!) Thanks for the incredible work. I look forward to hearing more. -JM

Chris said...

You guys have inspired me to read the Bible. Thanks! It's a pretty good story, so far.

JD said...

Just found your podcast and am enjoying it immensely. These past two podcasts where well executed and informative in my opinion. One anecdote from the synoptic gospels that always bothered me comes can be found in Matthew 27:51-54. The events listed are pretty amazing and not at all picked up in the other synoptic gospels or the Gospel of John. I find the omission of this detail in the other gospels very telling and I've never heard an apologist give a credible answer in defense of this inconsistency in the Gospels.
Anyway, nice podcast. I enjoy your civil tone. Keep up the good work.