Brian Auten of Apologetics 315 interviews historian Craig Evans

Interview with Craig Evans
Interview with Craig Evans

I’m not sure how I missed this, but this interview is definitely in the top 5 that Brian has done.


Today’s interview is with Biblical scholar Professor Craig Evans. He talks about his background and how he got into this area of scholarship (Jesus, the Gospels and Biblical manuscripts), what impresses him most about the Bible, handling manuscripts, the quest for the historical Jesus (and its overall timeline), the scholarly opinion on the “Jesus never existed” claim, the consensus of scholarship (and why scholarship is important), the contemporary distortion of Jesus, the demonstrable flaws in the thinking of particular scholars, evaluating presuppositions, a case for the reliability of the Gospels, the contrasting view of the “other” gospels, how to investigate the miracle claims within the Gospels, responding to the “failed apocalyptic prophet” objection, the faults in Bart Ehrman’s reasoning, advice for those taking their Biblical studies seriously, the do’s and don’ts of arguing for Bible reliability, and more.

Find Craig Evans’ website here. His author page here.  See also Fabricating Jesus.

You can grab the MP3 file here. It’s 73 minutes! But worth the time.

2 thoughts on “Brian Auten of Apologetics 315 interviews historian Craig Evans”

  1. One of my favourite parts of the interview was when Professor Evans quoted Clement of Alexandria a philosopher in the early church:
    “As Christians we’re not committed to dogmas, we’re committed to truth, we’re committed to evidence, we want to know what’s happened, we asses our own, our own narrative, our own proclamation, our claims, our theology, in the light of truth”

    According to Adolf Von Harnack, A German theologian, Clement replaced the apologetic method with the constructive or systematic, he would turn church tradition into “scientific” dogmatic theology.

    Clement said that philosophy was the working of the divine, operating through the law and the inspired Gospel to speak truth to man. He stressed philosophy and criticized Christians who were unable to use philosophy. He differentiated between “faith of knowledge” and “faith of conjecture” or receiving the truth on authority. Clement studied Plato and the Stoics and even was against racism when it was the justification for slavery. He lived around 200 and is evidence of a time in the early Church where it was still permissible for lay Christians to think clearly and independently. His writings may not have been the best theology (he wrote some interesting things on the divinity of Christ), but he took truth seriously. Clement stated that “Scripture calls every secular science or art by the one name wisdom,” making an exception for those ‘sciences’ developed by human reason (ie. Astrology). He quotes from Sirach 1:1 (One of the Apocryphal books that was still in use by the whole Church in the year 200) “All wisdom is from the Lord God, and hath been always with him, and is before all time.”

    Thank God for the Clements, Craigs and Wintery Knights of this world that are shining examples of how Christians should be actively seeking and expounding truth in a world that is drowning in relativism and ignorance.


  2. I am not interested in the supernaturalism of Christianity, but am very interested in the study of the early history of the group. I am always happy to have others that are also interested in this topic contact me. My interest specifically is up till perhaps a generation or two after Irenaeus. But I would say I am interested in anything from the Maccabean revolt up till about 384CE when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman empire.

    Cheers! RichGriese.NET


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