Is Jesus alive?


On March 28, 2006, Dr. Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and Dr. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, debated the status of the Christian claim to Jesus’ resurrection from the perspective of historical data. The debate was sponsored by the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and the Campus Christian Fellowship.

Read the transcript.

5 Replies to “Is Jesus alive?”

  1. I thought for sure you’d have some other comments on this by now ;-) Have you seen or heard this debate, or just read the transcript? I’ve seen, heard, and read a number of Craig debates. He is considered by many Christians and opponents alike to be the best debater alive today representing the traditional Biblical/Christian worldview. BTW, did you watch the DVD of the Craig-Zindler debate?

  2. Just scanned the debate. It’s sad to me that Craig’s “probably equation” just basically relies on shaky anecdotal sources as its critical deciding factor. It’s sad that he’s trying to apply objective methods to the highly subjective world of religion.
    I’m not very religious, and I’m anything but Christian, but experiental stuff should just be experienced. Proof and facts and equations are really kinda beside the point if you ask me. And even harmful sometimes. Things don’t have to be rational or explicable to be important or valid.
    Just my 2 cents.
    Interesting read though, Dave. Gracias.

  3. Absolutely fascinating debate.

    Brief background on myself: raised southern baptist, services 3x weekly, summer Bible schools and day camps, and then taught Bible schools and day camps as a teen, evangelized on mission trips, and involved in 3 christian organizations in college as well. I had the Bible drilled into me with a great deal of tenacity, and I was highly religious.

    However, I’ve spent the last several years questioning and searching for answers because I’ve come to a lot of realizations through reflection and thinking. And it all started because fellow Christians judged me for getting divorced. I thank them for judging me and allowing me to explore and realize that I am not by any means a conventional Christian, and that at this point I don’t know what religion I am, if any, at all.

    On to what let me to this site. I was thinking about the topic of resurrection. What do the people who believe Jesus was brought back to life in full living flesh (to live forever) do as a human upon ascending to heaven. What use is being resurrected in human flesh if you’re just ascending to heaven? Theologically, isn’t heaven full of souls. He’d be the only human body there.

    I haven’t heard any discussion on this topic.

    As for the debate, these two men are obviously intelligent. I enjoy debate and discussion even if it proves nothing. I do tend to believe that we can’t PROVE the resurrection. It’s interesting to hear the points both men make, and I appreciate their passion for the cases they present.

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