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Monday, January 22, 2007

Resurrection Debate: William Lane Craig at Sheffield

The Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship publicity is out for William Lane Craig's tour of the UK. There are various debates up and down the country (well England), some on the existence of God, a lecture at Nottingham on what looks like the historical Jesus, something on the problem of evil, and so on. But this is the one you all want to see, right?

Was Jesus Bodily Raised from the Dead?
MAJOR DEBATE with Dr James Crossley

7.30pm, Tuesday 6th March, SHEFFIELD
University Student Union Auditorium, Western Bank,
S10 2TN

If nothing else, it should be fun. And it's free and open to all.


Anonymous Jim said...

PLEASE blog this or better yet- make them record it on CD or DVD.

January 22, 2007

Blogger Michael F. Bird said...

Whoa! W.L. Craig was one of my first intellectual heroes. Have you seen him in action? He's sharp as a tac Jim. I think I might try make it to Sheffield for that one! Of course, I don't want him to beat you up too senselessly, I need something left over so I can have a shot at ya too ;-)

Good onya for volounteering to do it, I'm sure it will be a great debate.

January 22, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm interested to read this if its ever published. It should definitely be good fun. If there is some kind of offer to do a book on the debate, where other participants can have chapters, and you can engage the arguments at a deeper level, I think you should take it.


January 22, 2007

Blogger Danny Zacharias said...

Fun times! Make sure someone records it and uploads to the net for us to listen to. That way we can all hear your public conversion when you mercifully surrender the debate to the fact that Jesus did rise from the dead.


January 23, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished "Why Christianity Happened" and on the strength of that my money is on Scrapper Crossley. Go get him James!

January 23, 2007

Blogger steph said...

Got to love the way WC appeals to the 'majority of biblical scholars' who 'almost universally agree' that things like the empty tomb and burial of Jesus in it by Joseph are 'historical facts' ... I wonder if the other debating dude will do a Dawkins and drag in the apparent 'majority of biblical scholars' who agree that the gospels are 'fiction' ... but I doubt it! (cos he's actually a closet conservative evangelical)

January 23, 2007

Blogger James Crossley said...

thanks all but I've got to say I think Gavin has made a very, very good point! ;-)

January 23, 2007

Blogger J. B. Hood said...

I have no problem suggesting you find his audio for previous debates (I have a dog in this fight but it doesn't prevent me from aiding you in the least). Apollos, which has a link on MFB's blog, has the following: http://www.apollos.ws/blog/william-lane-craig-debates.html
May be a little more too modern/Enlightenment for my taste, but I'm sure the whole thing will be interesting and I do hope you tape it.

January 23, 2007

Anonymous Christopher Shell said...

A side issue:
The Joseph of Arimathea tradition is often held to be legendary - but I have never found on what basis. Isa 53?
Can anyone help? What is the preferred scenario? That J of A did not exist at all, or that he did but did not do what he is said to have done? How would one make this seem probable rather than merely possible?
This is what resurrection debates tend to come down to. Dead men don't rise; but on the other hand there is no alternative overall scenario that hangs together either. If anyone produces one that is in concord with our surviving evidence, they have my respect.

January 23, 2007

Anonymous Jim said...

Christopher, consult Strauss's "The Life of Jesus Critically Examined". He'll answer your question.

January 23, 2007

Anonymous Ben Doolan said...

James, Can not wait. It's going to be brilliant I am sure! Whom to support!?

January 23, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, but I just posted a refutation of Craig on my own blog space.

J.B. Hood's advice is good, as Craig never strays far from the same exact spiel. Listen to one or two of them and you'll know pretty much exactly what to expect.



January 24, 2007

Blogger Chris Tilling said...

This sounds great. There is a small chance I'll be in England then, and if I am I'll be sure to come.

January 24, 2007

Anonymous kid said...

I think it's a debate that would leave me stone cold!

January 24, 2007

Anonymous Jim said...

Stone cold indeed, with a smack down on the horizon and publicity posters, action figures, and memorabilia of all sorts soon to be marketed!

January 24, 2007

Anonymous Simon Davis said...

Unlike Ben, I dont have the problem of choosing who to support! Good luck. Lets hope you debate better than you play football!....ps i hope that last comment doesnt effect my essay and exam grades!

January 27, 2007

Blogger James Crossley said...

Thanks for that JB and quixie

Ben: listen to Simon's advice on support.

Simon: if I ever play against you, then you'll really be taught a lesson.

Kid: check your door!

January 29, 2007

Blogger Steven Carr said...

Craig will tend to always use the same routine, with lots of references to authorities ie people who agree with him. Such people are always 'noted' authorities.

An interesting question is why many early Christians scoffed at the idea that God would choose to raise a corpse.

Paul tells these bodily-resurrection Jesus-worshippers in Corinth that Jesus became a life-giving spirit.

Craig will try to empty the phrase 'life-giving spirit' of any reference to spirit.

Similarly, he will try to empty the phrase 'flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God' of any reference to flesh or blood.

Then Craig will stick a few 'body's in where Paul does not use them (this perishable body must put on imperishability), and lo and behold, Paul is talking about a body being raised.

February 13, 2007

Anonymous dingwall said...

The claim that Joseph of Arimathea (J of A) buried Jesus is not inconsistent with the Jesus story. However, the reason why he did it is not in agreement with the impression that he was some closet Christian.

The truth is that Jesus was executed very near the Sabbath. When he died (about the sixth hour, according to the bible), there would be no time to properly bury the blasphemer (Jesus was a convicted blasphemer) and so his body would have to be temporarily buried until he could be properly buried in the criminals’ graveyard. The corpses of the dead could not stay on the cross for long. That’s why J of A had to put Jesus in the tomb – for TEMPORARY burial. It is very unlikely that the tomb was J of A’s private tomb, it was more likely a tomb that belonged to the court. As J of A was a member of the ruling Jewish council, it is inconceivable that he would defy Jewish law and give Jesus a honourable funeral as told by the gospels!

As soon as the Sabbath was over, which would have been late Saturday, Jesus would have to be removed and permanently buried in the criminals’ graveyard – according to the law at the time. That Jesus’ disciples found the tomb empty Sunday morning is no surprise. Indeed, it would have been a surprise if the tomb was NOT empty!

October 08, 2007

Anonymous ChristianJR4 said...

This debate is FINALLY available on YouTube:


August 11, 2008


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