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Analyzing Ehrman and Licona’s 7-hour Resurrection debate

Reading Time: 7 minutes Recently, there was a seven-hour debate between Mike Licona (Christian) and Bart Ehrman (Agnostic), on the subject of “Did the Resurrection of Jesus Really Happen?” that had been well-anticipated by people in certain corners of the internet. The Resurrection of Jesus has been a topic of much discussion here at A Tippling Philosopher due to […]

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“Of course there are discrepancies, embellishments, made-up stories, and historical problems in the Gospels”

Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no doubt that Bart Ehrman is a brilliant author. Two of his books are particularly worth investing in: Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior and How Jesus Became God: the Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Together, they give you such a good appreciation […]

Posted inReligion

Gist Memory and the Gospels

Reading Time: 12 minutes Bart Ehrman’s book Jesus Before the Gospels is really quite excellent. It’s a must-read for anyone looking into how stories became Gospels, about memory, memorisation, distorted memories, and transmission. I am listening to it now, but let me pick out a few sections for you. In the last piece, I excerpted some of Chapter 4. In the […]

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Memory, Oral Transmission, and the Gospels

Reading Time: 11 minutes Bart Ehrman’s book Jesus Before the Gospels is really quite excellent. It’s a must-read for anyone looking into how stories became Gospels, about memory, memorisation, distorted memories, and transmission. I am listening to it now, but let me pick out a few sections for you. In Chapter 4, Ehrman summarises the work of British psychologist FC […]

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Who Was Nicodemus?

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the closing stages of writing my latest book, The Resurrection: A Critical Examination of the Easter Story [UK], I had a few test readers. One was David Austin, down in Australia, who has provided a few guest articles for your delectation. Here is another one – thanks muchly to him: Quoting Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes […]

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Exaltation vs Incarnation Christology

Reading Time: 6 minutes Jesus Christ – who was he? That’s something of a different question to skeptics like myself as it is to Christians. And it’s a very different question in the context of the New Testament writers. What did Paul think Jesus was, as opposed to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God is a brilliant book. Part […]

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What Does Jesus Say about the Afterlife?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Here is another guest post from Dana Horton, this time looking at Jesus’ claims regarding life beyond death (thanks Dana!): What does Jesus say about the afterlife? A lot of us in a western Christian culture just assume there is an afterlife. It is what we grew up believing. So that means the afterlife is […]

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Luke 1 & 2 Infancy Narratives as a Later Interpolation

Reading Time: 13 minutes Luke 3:1 opens with an elaborate chronological statement: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was … the word of the Lord came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness”. This surely reads as if it was originally written as the opening section of a book. The impression […]

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