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William Lane Craig debates John Shelby Spong on the resurrection of Jesus

William Lane Craig is the greatest Christian debater in the history of the church, and Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong is a very liberal non-Christian.

Part 1 of 2: (61 minutes)

Part 2 of 2: (42 minutes)

The moderator is none other than the famous journalist David Aikman! The opening speeches are only 15 minutes, and the rebuttals are 10 minutes. This debate is accessible because Craig’s opponent is not really attacking him on a scholarly basis, but more as the pretty typical liberal atheist that you meet at work.

Craig spends all of his opening speech explaining historical methods, sources, dating and how he infers the resurrection as the best explanation of the minimal facts. The resurrection of Jesus is quite awesome to debate when people are given time to explain the historical methods and how the scholars use these methods to evaluate which facts are likely to be historical and which are not.

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2 Responses

  1. Paul Rimmer says:

    I thought Spong identified as a Christian?

    • Yes, but he doesn’t think that God exists. You can call yourself anything you want. I once saw a debate with John Dominic Crossan and William Lane Craig asked him point blank if God exists and he said no. This was after multiple speeches where he tried to make himself appear to be a Christian. In most cases, people on the left on the resurrection are naturalists who try to mislead the public by using Christian language.

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