I think it is important for people to know why they believe what they believe. These resources might help–plus one blog that is defending atheism. I included that because it is also important to read both sides–as confusing as it might sometimes be. If you are a Christian, then hopefully this will be helpful. If you are not a Christian, I hope that you would be willing to check out these great resources with an open mind.
William Lane Craig
I first learned about William Lane Craig when I read the book, A CASE FOR THE REAL JESUS by Lee Strobel. Recently I have done a lot of research on his site to learn more about logical reasons for the truth of the bible and Christianity. I have very much enjoyed reading and watching his debates.
Here is a question that an agnostic writes with Craig’s compassionate answer. This paragraph below was inspiring to me.
“The bottom line is that a loving God wouldn’t abandon us to work out by our own cleverness and ingenuity whether or not He exists; rather He would provide a way of knowing Him that is accessible to all persons who seek Him. He has done that through the witness of His Holy Spirit. That doesn’t imply that there are not, in addition, good arguments for God’s existence and evidence of His self-revelation in Jesus. But because we are not dependent upon such arguments and evidence alone, we needn’t be cowed into agnosticism by the barrage of arguments and counter-arguments out there concerning His existence. Ultimately our knowledge of God is grounded in the self-testimony of God Himself.”
Why do scholars like Bart Ehrman dispute historical facts like those that lead to a large number of reputable historians to believe that the resurrection of Jesus actually happened?
William Craig states at the end of this article the paragraph below http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7821
“I don’t know if Ehrman speaks for the majority of critics who accept the four facts but remain agnostic about the resurrection, but I suspect that his reasons are fairly typical. John Meier and Dale Allison do offer different reasons for non-commitment, which I have discussed elsewhere (Scholarly Articles: Historical Jesus). The point is that scepticism about Jesus’ resurrection rests mainly, not on historical, but on philosophical considerations which fall outside the area of expertise of New Testament scholars.”
I really liked the response that William Craig gave to an atheist and a Christian who were frustrated with the illogical arguments and close mindedness of atheists who argue against Christians.
I have been listening to Ravi’s talks on radio for over three years and never fail to be inspire by him. His compassion combined with a passion for truth deeply touches me.
For 36 years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world and in numerous universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford University. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique
One of the most well known new testament scholars in the world, N. T. Wright was one of the people who spoke on Lee Strobel’s videos that I referred to. I thought I would include a few resources by him.
I’ve been listening to June Hunt of Hope for the Heart ministries for over three years and I really respect her work. She has some resources that ask “Is Jesus God” and for the next few days she will be broadcasting a message on this topic.
When I started attending the Living Springs Fellowship in 2002, I experienced Christians who were so passionate about their faith and sharing the love of Jesus that I was inspired to “get off the fence” of indecision about who Jesus was. One of the most profound statements that was shared with me was, “You don’t have to give up your intellect to be a Christian.” Someone lent me the book, A CASE FOR CHRIST by Lee Strobel. I have since then re-read his book, A CASE FOR THE REAL JESUS three times, and recently watched the trilogy of excellent and inspiring videos, A CASE FOR FAITH, A CASE FOR THE CREATOR and A CASE FOR CHRIST.
In addition, I have heard Lee speak on numerous radio interviews. He is consistently inspiring, logical, winsome, and down to earth. I highly recommend checking out his website and resources.
Here is a bio of Lee Strobel:
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of nearly twenty books and has been interviewed on numerous national television programs, including ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, and CNN..
Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1974) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree, 1979). He was a professional journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ top honors for investigative reporting (which he shared with a team he led) and public service journalism from United Press International.
I have read many books debunking the bible and Christianity. I came to the conclusion that the Christian apologists made more sense. But I want to include apologetics from an atheists point of view. I skimmed through this and am willing to study this more at a later date. I just can see a lot of holes in the arguments—and wonder what happened to inspire this person to be so disillusioned with Christianity.
Ben Witherington debunks Bart Ehrman’s book JESUS INTERRUPTED. Bart is one of the leading critics of the truth of the bible who has written many popular books debunking Christianity
I felt very inspired by Ben’s down to earth and logical presentation which he gave on one of Lee Strobel’s video’s which I recently watched. After reading the resource I listed above, I was even more impressed.
Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.