Bart Ehrman responds to claim that there is no evidence for the existence of Jesus

Here is  clip of agnostic Bart Ehrman answering a person in the audience over the existence of Jesus. I want to make it clear that I am not interested in debating this topic. I have had enough debates with atheist internet skeptics on the topic and find it to be a fruitless enterprise. See more on our resource page. I wanted to provide this resource for my viewers on the blog. Enjoy !

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2 thoughts on “Bart Ehrman responds to claim that there is no evidence for the existence of Jesus

  1. michael eagles January 5, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Dear bother in Christ, Amen – I was wondering if you could help me give an answer to an atheist who has posted a short article on my face book. The article reads: The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their hatred because he explained the evolution of life in a way that doesn’t require the hand of God. Darwin didn’t exclude God, of course, though many creationists seem incapable of grasping this point. But he didn’t require God, either, and that was enough to drive some people mad.

    Darwin also didn’t have anything to say about how life got started in the first place — which still leaves a mighty big role for God to play, for those who are so inclined. But that could be about to change, and things could get a whole lot worse for creationists because of Jeremy England, a young MIT professor who’s proposed a theory, based in thermodynamics, showing that the emergence of life was not accidental, but necessary. “[U]nder certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life,” he was quoted as saying in an article in Quanta magazine early in 2014, that’s since been republished by Scientific American and, more recently, by Business Insider. In essence, he’s saying, life itself evolved out of simpler non-living systems.

    The notion of an evolutionary process broader than life itself is not entirely new. Indeed, there’s evidence, recounted by Eric Havelock in “The Liberal Temper in Greek Politics,” that it was held by the pre-Socratic natural philosophers, who also first gave us the concept of the atom, among many other things. But unlike them or other earlier precursors, England has a specific, unifying, testable evolutionary mechanism in mind.

    Quanta fleshed things out a bit more like this:

    From the standpoint of physics, there is one essential difference between living things and inanimate clumps of carbon atoms: The former tend to be much better at capturing energy from their environment and dissipating that energy as heat. Jeremy England, a 31-year-old assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has derived a mathematical formula that he believes explains this capacity. The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.

    Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 15:58:32 +0000 To: lindamikegladys@hotmail.com

  2. chab123 January 5, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Michael,

    I think the author here has some projection issues. Not all Christians are opposed to Darwin in the sense that we generally agree that natural selection and random mutation does happen. But it doesn’t explain how life come from non life and where biological information comes from.

    To see the limits of what random mutation and natural selection can do, see Michael Behe’s The Edge of Evolution. Also, see Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s doubt. Also, see William Lane Craig’s article, “Why is Evolution so Widely Believed?” http://www.reasonablefaith.org/why-is-evolution-so-widely-believed

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