Continued from previous post.
David Robertson, Christian pastor and online apologist:
[Gary, you said] “once ‘the experts’ have reached a consensus on the origin of the universe, I will accept their consensus conclusion, whatever it is, even if it happens to be that the universe was created by a God”
– no you won’t. That is both a meaningless and dishonest statement….who are these self appointed ‘experts’? Why are you unable to think for yourself?!
Gary: David, most educated people in the western world accept consensus expert opinion regarding all issues about which they themselves are not an expert. As an educated person, I follow that habit. Respect for consensus expert opinion is fundamental to the success of any advanced industrialized nation. A nation in which every individual believes that he or she is the ultimate authority on every issue is a nation in chaos.
I trust consensus expert opinion on all issues about which I am not an expert. Since I am not an historian or a New Testament scholar…
–I trust expert consensus opinion that Jesus of Nazareth was a real historical person.
–I trust expert consensus opinion that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified by the Romans during the reign of Pontius Pilate.
–I trust expert consensus opinion that shortly after Jesus’ crucifixion, some of his followers came to believe that he had appeared to them in some fashion.
And, I trust consensus expert opinion that the Gospels were NOT written by eyewitnesses or the associates of eyewitnesses, but by non-eyewitnesses writing one or more generations removed from the (alleged) events they describe. Therefore, the detailed stories in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John of people seeing a walking, talking, broiled fish eating, resurrected Jesus cannot be assumed to be eyewitness accounts.
And that is DEVASTATING for your belief that the bodily resurrection of Jesus was a real, historical event.
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