Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Barker/White Debate On Jesus And Mythology

I just got done watching James White's debate with Dan Barker on the subject "Was Jesus A Myth?". White won the debate by a wide margin, and he made many good points along the way. I recommend watching it, though there isn't much merit to Barker's side of the debate. Though Barker isn't the best representative of his position, he does make many claims that are popular in skeptical circles, and White's responses are worth hearing.

For those interested in more information on some of the topics that came up during the debate, I want to make some recommendations, mostly from our material at Triablogue. Steve Hays addresses issues of alleged borrowing from pagan mythology in his e-book on the resurrection, This Joyful Eastertide. Justin Martyr was discussed during the debate, and the e-book just linked has an appendix on the subject that Gene Bridges and I wrote. Regarding the census of Luke 2, see here. On issues of probability, see here and Timothy and Lydia McGrew's article here. Concerning the genre of the gospels, see here. And here on the virgin birth. Here on the argument from martyrdom.


  1. Dear Jason,

    Thanks much and thanks deeply for the compilation and organization of these resources!

  2. I started This Joyful Eastertide today. It's excellent. I look forward to reading the rest of it.