Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Attacking Jesus, Attacking God

It is a popular thing to attack the validity of Jesus' deity and the rationality of God's existence these days. Two main efforts immediately come to mind. One is the recent Discovery Channel show on the discovery of Jesus' tomb. The other is the best-seller by Richard Dawkins called The God Delusion. A few thoughts and links below:

There is a lot of buzz about the Discovery special on the claimed “Jesus Ossuary”. You can read more about the TV special here: http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/tomb/tomb.html.
No reputable biblical archeologist has given any support to the claims of the Discovery special, but James Cameron’s help (director of the movie “Titanic”) is what brought the special credibility (weird as that is).

If you want specifics on why the whole thing is obviously bogus, you will want to read through Ben Witherington’s blog postings on the supposed Jesus Ossuary. You can find them here at http://benwitherington.blogspot.com/ He has several posts on the topic spread out over the last week. Scroll down for more or click on the links on the right side of the page. Witherington is an acclaimed professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary & author of several great books on the life of Jesus and NT interpretation.

Also, we’ve had some discussion recently on Richard Dawkins’ aggressive atheistic book called The God Delusion. I ran across this well-written response to Dawkins’ book by Alvin Plantinga, a renowned professor of philosophy at Notre Dame. I don’t actually understand everything in Plantinga’s response as it gets technical in parts, but the gist of his argument is that while Dawkins may be an excellent research biologist, he needs to stay away from philosophy. His thesis is that Dawkins make some very poor philosophical arguments – you can read for yourself at http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2007/002/1.21.html if you are interested.

Hope that helps in your daily engagement with our culture.

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