Atheist apologist, John Loftus, on his blog, Debunking Christianity:
Marty Sampson, formerly of the worship team “Hillsong” is in the throes of doubt. I know one other person who became a blogger here at DC [Debunking Christianity], who eventually emerged from doubt as a Christian. Check his story out right here. So I don’t predict how Sampson’s journey will go. I wish him well on his journey. I know that belief is powerful and bolstered by a whole lot of very strong social ties that can be extremely hard to break away from, even if there are an overwhelming number of good solid reasons to walk away from it. So I won’t accept praise or blame for his final decision even though I’m in contact with him.
I was honored to join in a discussion with apologists Gary Habermas and Mike Licona, known as experts resurrection apologetics, at Marty’s request.
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Great job, John! Every Christian (and skeptic) should do what Marty Sampson is doing: Listen to and understand both sides of the Christian-skeptic debate regarding the truth claims of Christianity! Read the books of prominent Christian apologists and read the books of prominent skeptics. Here is my recommended reading list:
–“The Resurrection of the Son of God” by NT Wright
–“The Death of the Messiah” by Raymond Brown
–“Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by Josh and Sean McDowell
–“Misquoting Jesus” by Bart Ehrman
–“The Outsider Test for Faith” by John Loftus
–“Why I Believed, Reflections of a Former Missionary” by Kenneth W. Daniels
Last point: In my opinion, the most devastating evidence against the conservative Christian position is the fact that most scholars, including many scholars who believe in the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus, doubt the eyewitness/associate of eyewitness authorship of the Gospels. Conservative Christian apologists try to convince their lay Christian reading public that this majority scholarly opinion is due to a bias against the supernatural; that this majority scholarly opinion is only held by liberal and atheist scholars. Not true!!! The overwhelming majority of Roman Catholic scholars, who very much believe in the supernatural, miracles, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, doubt the eyewitness/associate of eyewitness authorship of the Gospels. One only has to go to the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to see this is the case. If the Gospels were not written by eyewitnesses or the associates of eyewitnesses, no modern, educated person should believe non-eyewitness gossip, rumor, and legends that a three day brain-dead corpse came back to life, ate a broiled fish lunch with his former buddies, and forty days later levitated into outer space!
The fact that most scholars, including most Roman Catholic scholars, doubt the eyewitness/associate of eyewitness authorship of the Gospels is the knockout blow to conservative (Protestant) Christianity, since the final authority of conservative Protestants is the Bible, not the authority of Councils and popes.
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