Resources – Apologetics Sites

The following sites provide information and resources about the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth and His resurrection, as well as the reliability of the Bible.  (This focus matters most, though the sites often focus on other issues as well.)  I have rated the sites based on the quantity, quality, and focus of resources that each provides to the web visitor (focus means focus on Jesus and the Bible).

Best:

Apologetics 315 – Brian Auten

Better:

Gary Habermas – Gary Habermas (focuses on the evidence for the resurrection of Christ)

The John Ankerberg Show – (includes many video clips of leading biblical scholars)

Lee Strobel – Lee Strobel (a former atheist)

Library of Historical Apologetics – Tim McGrew and others

Ratio Christi – at the Ohio State University – Eric Chabot

Reasonable Faith – William Lane Craig (philosophical, theological, and historical)

Risen Jesus – Michael Licona (focuses on the evidence for the resurrection of Christ)

Truthbomb Apologetics

Good:

Alpha & Omega Ministries – James White

Apologetics.com – Various

Christian Apologetics UK

Cross-Examined.org – Frank Turek

Ehrman Project – (refutes the skepticism of Bart Ehrman; YouTube channel)

Fixed-Point Foundation – Larry Taunton

Josh McDowell – Josh McDowell (Campus Crusade for Christ evangelist and apologist)

Stand to Reason – Greg Koukl and others

The One-Minute Apologist – Bobby Conway (short videos addressing key apologetic topics)

The Poached Egg – Greg West

Ratio Christi – (a campus ministry)

Ravi Zacharias – Ravi Zacharias

True Free Thinker – Mariano Grinbank

The Veritas Forum

Word on Fire – Father Robert Barron

Worldview – Sean McDowell (son of Josh McDowell)

4Truth.Net – North American Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

In addition to going directly to these sites, you can also find many instances of them on YouTube.com by searching on their names.  Some even have their own “YouTube Channel.”

Last updated April 7, 2012

William Lane Craig on Having a Vision for Your Life

In this chapel service, William Lane Craig talks about having a vision for one’s life.  He uses his own personal testimony to demonstrate the faithfulness of God.  He encourages the students who comprise his audience to “Ask God to give you a vision for your life – a passion or goal to accomplish for Him.”

Craig describes each step of his academic career:  at Wheaton College he decided to seek an intellectual defense of the gospel which took him to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, at Trinity he decided to seek a philosophical approach to defending the gospel which took him to the University of Birmingham in the U.K., at Birmingham he decided to seek an historical argument for the resurrection of Christ to defend the gospel which took him to the University of Munich in Germany.  Each step of his career built upon the previous, and all added up to an outworking of his initial and lifelong commitment to give his life to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The brief introduction of Dr. Craig at the beginning is given by his son John.

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Other quotes of Craig taken from this address (perhaps not verbatim, but very close):

“I had spent six months [as a teenager] thinking about [the Christian message] and so realized that if this were really the truth then I could do nothing less than devote my entire life to sharing this message.  And so my call to full-time ministry was simultaneous to my conversion.  In that moment I knew that I had to preach the gospel – I had to become an evangelist.”

“Ask yourself, ‘What do I want to accomplish for Him [with my life]?'”

“My wife Jan asked me, ‘If money were no object, what would you really like to do?’  [We encourage you to ask yourselves the same thing.]”

For more from Craig, see my post Frank Turek Debriefs William Lane Craig About His UK Speaking Tour.  You can also search this site for “william lane craig.”  Lastly, you can go to the Dr. Craig Video Channel on YouTube.

Do Historians Believe Jesus Existed?

Historians – whether conservative or liberal, whether believing or unbelieving – are apparently united in their conviction that Jesus existed.  Why then do we see people on the Internet saying that He did not exist or we cannot know whether He existed?  Such people are not thumbing their nose at believers; they are thumbing their nose at historians, evidence, and the historical method – the sorts of things upon which they claim to rely.

 

An Open Letter to Bart Ehrman

Dear Dr. Ehrman,

I know that you are a respected New Testament scholar who nonetheless either doubts or disbelieves the resurrection of Jesus because you are an agnostic.  Given this, I am particularly interested in what you think about the resurrection.

In a 2006 debate with William Lane Craig about the resurrection of Jesus, you closed your side of the debate with the following statement (which is on page 29 of the transcript and 12/12 of the video clips, accessible through the link above):

 Let me conclude by telling you what I really do think about Jesus’ resurrection. The one thing we know about the Christians after the death of Jesus is that they turned to their scriptures to try and make sense of it. They had believed Jesus was the Messiah, but then he got crucified, and so he couldn’t be the Messiah. No Jew, prior to Christianity, thought that the Messiah was to be crucified. The Messiah was to be a great warrior or a great king or a great judge. He was to be a figure of grandeur and power, not somebody who’s squashed by the enemy like a mosquito. How could Jesus, the Messiah, have been killed as a common criminal? Christians turned to their scriptures to try and understand it, and they found passages that refer to the Righteous One of God’s suffering death. But in these passages, such as Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 and Psalm [69], the one who is punished or who is killed is also vindicated by God. Christians came to believe their scriptures that Jesus was the Righteous One and that God must have vindicated him. And so Christians came to think of Jesus as one who, even though he had been crucified, came to be exalted to heaven, much as Elijah and Enoch had in the Hebrew scriptures. How can he be Jesus the Messiah though, if he’s been exalted to heaven? Well, Jesus must be coming back soon to establish the kingdom. He wasn’t an earthly Messiah; he’s a spiritual Messiah. That’s why  the early Christians thought the end was coming right away in their own lifetime. That’s why Paul taught that Christ was the first fruit of the resurrection. But if Jesus is exalted, he is no longer dead, and so Christians started circulating the story of his resurrection. It wasn’t three days later they started circulating the story; it might have been a year later, maybe two years. Five years later they didn’t know when the stories had started. Nobody could go to the tomb to check; the body had decomposed. Believers who knew he had been raised from the dead started having visions of him. Others told stories about these visions of him, including Paul. Stories of these visions circulated. Some of them were actual visions like Paul, others of them were stories of visions like the five hundred group of people who saw him. On the basis of these stories, narratives were constructed and circulated and eventually we got the Gospels of the New Testament written 30, 40, 50, 60 years later.
   

I’m curious, Dr. Ehrman, about why you find this scenario plausible.  It immediately provokes several questions:

1. How were Jesus’ disciples able to find in the Scriptures prophecies of a Messiah who died accursed but who was then raised from the dead, when this perspective had alluded all Jews before them (including many who were far more educated)?

2. How were Jesus’ disciples able to convince other Jews that this radical interpretation was worth following (in the face of strenuous persecution from authorities) when the disciples had nothing to justify it but their visions?

3. Why do the New Testament documents go to such great lengths to portray the apostles as needing and providing evidence and proof if, as you say, it was the Scriptures and visions that led them to this conviction about Jesus being raised from the dead?  In other words, if they truly believed He was the Righteous One of God as you say, why would they dishonor Him with such blatant lies?

4. Further to previous question, if you believe that people other than the apostles wrote the the New Testament, who lied about all the firsthand experiences – the apostles or those who wrote the New Testament?

5. If Christ was not raised, who knocked Paul off his horse and how did it happen that half the New Testament came to be a man who violently opposed to the message of Christ’s resurrection?

Without answers to these questions, it’s hard to believe that you have really put your scenario under the microscope of even your own critical thinking.

Sincerely,

Mike Gantt



Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? A Debate between William Lane Craig and Bart D. Ehrman

Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? 

A Debate between William Lane Craig and Bart D. Ehrman

Held at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts

March 28, 2006

The YouTube Video of the debate (approximately 12 ten-minute segments)

The transcript of the debate (takes you to a page that will let you download a 38-page pdf)