Debating the Faith

Is the Christian faith really true? - two academics debate the evidence

People don’t become Christians on the basis of intellectual argument. However, if the Christian faith is true, then its claims can certainly be subjected to robust scrutiny. Here is a substantial debate with plenty of detail. The two speakers, Professors Craig and Parsons, two American academics, each have an opportunity to set out their cases and then respond to each other with two rebuttals. To conclude, in a good-natured armchair discussion, they discuss the central issue of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the hallucination hypothesis.

Clearly the person who posted this debate on YouTube thought that the Christian proponent presented the stronger case. But that’s for you to decide! The whole event lasted a couple of hours. So, it’s best watched in sections.

The apostle Paul, before he became a Christian was a persecutor of the followers of Jesus. He was completely convinced that they were wrong and should be rooted-out, until he had a personal encounter with Jesus himself. Interestingly this point received only the briefest mention.

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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.