|The Almighty Zeus
Believe in Him or perish.
Conservative Christians often get very angry and exasperated with me when I challenge the scholarship of conservative Christian New Testament scholars such as William Lane Craig, NT Wright, Mike Licona, Peter Kreeft, et al., regarding their claim of the reality and historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. I am told that before I am qualified to challenge and criticize the positions of these scholars, I need to learn the ancient languages and do an in depth study of the scholarly literature (ie. become a scholar myself).
Here is my reply:
If you want to be informed on ancient Greek mythology, you need to study it. And to consider yourself an authority on ancient Greek mythology, you need to learn the language and be a credentialed scholar on the subject.
However, you don’t need to read even one sentence, of even one Greek mythology scholar’s books, to know that Greek mythology is not real. Furthermore, you do not need to read one sentence of one book by a Greek mythology scholar to know that Zeus is non-existent and that there is no need to fear eternal punishment from Zeus for refusing to believe in him and refusing to obey the teachings of the ancient Greek religion.
If you want to be an expert in the beliefs of ancient Christians, by all means, be a NT scholar and you will have my respect. But tell me that because you are a scholar in the beliefs of ancient Christians that you are somehow an authority in the reality and historicity of ancient dead body reanimations/resurrections, and I will laugh in your face.