Evangelical Christian (here): Friend, I would encourage you to read some more about the fundamentals of what Christians believe before trying to “devastate” their view as it just shows a level of your ignorance on their belief. Not intending this as hateful, but your two comments demonstrate a lack of understanding I would encourage you to read and study a bit more content.
Gary: I grew up evangelical. Please explain where I have it wrong.
Evangelical Christian: You have a clear lack of basic understanding of the Trinity. Basic lack of understanding of resurrection, God, Salvation, Revelation, and “relationship”. Sorry I would suggest reading two of James Whites books, scripture alone and forgotten Trinity. That would be a fair start.
Gary: I love it when an evangelical Christian tells me that I need to read more books to understand “true” Christianity. The truth is: A skeptic will never be given credit for reading enough books until he submits to the superstitions of the evangelical and converts. Below is a list of books by scholars, Christian apologists, and by former Christians and other skeptics that I have read on the subject of Christianity and in particular, the Resurrection of Jesus. I believe it is important to be familiar with the positions of both Christians and skeptics on these issues:
- “The Resurrection of the Son of God” by NT Wright
- “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses” by Richard Bauckham
- “The Death of the Messiah, Volumes I and II” by Raymond Brown
- “Making the Case for Christianity” by Maas, Francisco, et al.
- ” The Resurrection Fact” by Bombaro, Francisco, et al.
- “Miracles, Volumes I and II”, by Craig Keener
- “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus” by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona
- “Why are There Differences in the Gospels” by Michael Licona
- “The Son Rises” by William Lane Craig
- “The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus” by Raymond Brown
- “The Resurrection of Jesus” by Gerd Luedemann
- “Resurrection Reconsidered” by Gregory Riley
- “John and Thomas—Gospels in Conflict?” by Christopher Skinner
- “The Argument for the Holy Sepulchre” (journal article) by scholar Jerome Murphy-O’Connor
- “Israel in Egypt” by James Hoffmeier
- “The Bible Unearthed” by Finkelstein and Silberman
- “The Resurrection of Jesus in the Light of Jewish Burial Practices” by Craig Evans, (newsletter article) The City, a publication of Houston Baptist University, May 4, 2016
- “Has the Tomb of Jesus Been Discovered?” by Jodi Magness, SBL Forum
- “Genre, Sub-genre and Questions of Audience: A Proposed Typology for Greco-Roman biography” (article) by Justin M. Smith, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
- “Cold-Case Christianity” by J. Warner Wallace
- “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel
- “Misquoting Jesus” by Bart Ehrman
- “Jesus, Interrupted” by Bart Ehrman
- “How Jesus Became God” by Bart Ehrman
- “Jesus Before the Gospels” by Bart Ehrman
- “Did Jesus Exist?” by Bart Ehrman
- “Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus” by Asher Norman (endorsed by Talmudic scholars for its accuracy in presenting a Jewish perspective of Jesus and the Christian New Testament)
- “The Book of Miracles” by Kenneth L. Woodward
- “Why I Believed, Reflections of a Former Missionary” by Kenneth W. Daniels
- “Why Evolution is True” by biologist Jerry Coyne
- “Masters of the Planet-the Search for our Human Origins” by Ian Tattersall
- “A Manual for Creating Atheists” by philosopher Peter Boghossian
- “Can We Trust the Gospels?” by Peter Williams
- “The Outsider Test for Faith” by John W. Loftus
- “God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion by physicist Victor J. Stenger
- “Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be The Only Humans on Earth” by paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer
- “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by evangelical apologists Josh and Sean McDowell
- “The Case Against Miracles” edited by John Loftus
- “The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry” by Jewish author, Michael Alter
- “The Blind Watchmaker” by biologist Richard Dawkins
- “The Other Gospels: Accounts of Jesus from Outside the New Testament” by Bart Ehrman and Zlatko Plese (currently reading)
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