Here is a recent episode that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Michael Kruger on Bart Ehrman’s claim we can’t trust the Gospel accounts (April 1, 2016)
- Who is Bart Ehrman? What are his books about?
- Conservatives tend to agree with Ehrman on the facts, not on his interpretation of the facts
- Ehrman has an article claiming that the Holy Week gospel accounts are untrustworthy
- do the variants in the NT texts undermine the reliability of the texts?
- the difference between reasonable scholar-Bart and hyper-skeptical popularizer-Bart
- where does Ehrman’s view of gospel reliability fit in the broad spectrum of NT scholars?
- there are 200,000 to 400,000 variants in the copies of the gospels: what is a “variant”?
- can a person be an authentic Christian if the gospels are not actual historical events?
- Ehrman’s view: Christians can have feelings about events that never happened = not Biblical
- was Jesus just an itinerant preacher who spoke pithy slogans? what about his Jewish background?
- is there scholarly agreement regarding the minimal facts underlying the resurrection of Jesus?
- is there a disconnect between uneducated eyewitnesses and educated Greek gospel authors?
- is the early church an “oral culture” or a “textual culture”? Is oral transmission reliable?
- was text of the New Testament was inspired by God or dictated by God?
- do we have any reasons to think that the gospel authors were in contact with eyewitnesses?
- should be be hyper-skeptical of the gospels when we have an early creed in 1 Cor 15:3-8?
Stand to Reason does a nice job with their podcast. Not only can you download the MP3, but they have a transcript, and links to resources mentioned in each episode. First class!