Did Jesus Really Exist? Bart Ehrman Explains.

Who is Jesus? Was Jesus a real person? Why did Jesus die? Is Jesus God?

Some people doubt that Jesus actually existed. They claim that some first-century men made up a story, and that a bunch of people were fooled into believing it. I’ve heard from a lot of skeptics of Christianity, and there’s a fair number who claim that Jesus never actually existed. There are many reasons why this is silly, but we tend to believe what we want to believe.

Bart Ehrman is a well-known New Testament scholar. He’s also an agnostic atheist…that is, he acknowledges he doesn’t know whether God exists, but he doubts that God exists. His books have been popular, as his doubts encourage other doubters. His arguments are regularly parroted by those who wish to discredit Christianity, which is why I’m posting this video. If you agree with Ehrman’s conclusions about Christianity, you should also agree with his conclusions about whether Jesus really was an actual person.

There is no scholar in any college or university in the western world who teaches Classics, Ancient History, New Testament, Early Christianity…any related field who doubts that Jesus existed.

Bart Ehrman

The ABCDE’s of New Testament Reliability

Is the Bible true? Are Bible translations bad? What language is the Bible?

Mike Licona is a pretty well-known apologist. He writes book and speaks, especially on college campuses, about the intellectual soundness of the Christian faith.

Bart Ehrman is probably the best-known skeptic of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in America today.

Having debated Ehrman more than once (and having beaten him soundly, in my estimation), Licona here outlines some responses to Ehrman’s claims that weren’t thoroughly covered in their debates. It’s the A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s, and E’s of the Reliability of the New Testament:

  • Authorship
  • Bias
  • Contradictions
  • Dating
  • Eyewitnesses

Each one has been more thoroughly covered in other places, and by other people. If you aren’t sure about how YOU should respond when someone questions the Gospels, this is a great place to start. Thanks, Mike!

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Mike Licona addresses the 5 major objections to the historical reliability of the Gospels: Authorship, Bias, Contradictions, Dating, and Eyewitness Testimony.

Debate: Bart Ehrman vs Craig Evans

In this video (1:27), Craig Evans and Bart Ehrman debate the reliability of the gospels. These are two very highly-regarded Biblical scholars. Bart Ehrman is a well-known author and Religious Studies professor, while Craig Evans is an author and Biblical Studies professor, as well as an authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls.