Monday, May 16, 2011
Did Anyone Listen to the Scaer Resurrection Debate?
I listened to part of it. I really like Scaer as a theologian and a biblical exegete (and that was long before he asked me to speak at Ft. Wayne!). I just felt like there were a bunch of points he should of made that he didn't. But maybe he did make those points and I didn't hear them. Most of all, I wanted him to point out that there are clear proofs that the empty tomb narratives aren't made up (i.e. women at the tomb, etc.) and that the Gospels are written in a historical genre (actually most scholars I've read describe them as being written in the form of the philosophical biography common in the Hellenistic world known as the "Bios"). Therefore comparing them to cultic myth of a dying and rising god (like James Fraiser and Wilhelm Bosset) isn't really appropriate. Also, the guy they got to debate him is a bit of a joke. His other scholarly endeavor (beyond using outdated rationalist arguments against the NT witness) is a H.P. Lovecraft scholar. He apparently edits a journal called "Cthulhu's Crypt" or something like that.