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Atheist Richard Dawkins has defined faith as “a state of mind that leads people to believe something—it doesn’t matter what—in the total absence of supporting evidence.” But is the evidence for Christian faith really that weak? On this week’s episode of Three Chords and the Truth: The Apologetics Podcast, Timothy and Garrick explore historical evidences for the resurrection of Jesus Christ; then, in the second half of the show, they take a look at the theology of “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. This week’s question from the Infinity Gauntlet pits J.K. Rowling’s Elder Wand in a battle to the death against J.R.R.Tolkien’s One Ring.
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What Questions Do We Discuss in this Episode about Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
1. How is it that Richard Dawkins can claim there is a “total absence of supporting evidence” for faith?
2. What are some of the ways that historians determine what claims about the past are most plausible?
3. What are the results when we apply these approaches to historical evidence that relates to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus?
What Resources Do We Recommend?
If you want to dig deeper into apologetics, one great place to start is Reasons for Our Hope by H. Wayne House and Dennis Jowers. To download a sample chapter, visit http://www.bhacademic.com
* N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God
* Michael R. Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus
* The Bible Project, “Heaven and Earth”
* Jonathan T. Pennington, Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew
If you are interested in earning a master’s degree online or on campus that will equip you with the most comprehensive apologetics training available anywhere, go to http://www.sbts.edu/bgs/degree-programs/mdiv/apologetics/
What Are We Discussing in the Next Episode?
So what do Superman, Captain America, Professor X, and Jesus Christ all have in common? According to the canonical accounts of their lives, each one has been raised from the dead. So why is it that, even in fiction, humans yearn for heroes who die and return to life? In the next episode, Timothy explores these questions with cohost Garrick Bailey and Western Seminary professor Todd Miles. In the second half of the program, Garrick and Timothy go digging for God’s truth in the music of Larry Norman, the father of Christian rock. This week’s dilemma from the Infinity Gauntlet leads to a deadly duel between Jedi Master Yoda and Gandalf the White.
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