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Jesus and Archaeology (with Paul Maier)

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Paul Maier, a well-known expert of ancient history, answers our questions about:
-Historical evidence for the existence of Jesus
-Remains of a first-century crucifixion victim
-Ossurary (“bone boxe”) of Caiaphas
-Significance of the Pilate Inscription

Special Guest: Dr. Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University (retired)

Featured Song: Crucifixion Description (Theophanies, 2009) – Hazakim

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Atheist David Fitzgerald Wrong About John the Baptist

Do you meet all of the following conditions?
-under 35 years old
-an atheist
-debate Christians on the Internet
-have attended a talk put on by the Secular Student Alliance

If you answered yes to all four, chances are, you know David Fitzgerald. You might also know Dave if you are a Christian apologist who is involved with campus ministry. Apparently, William Lane Craig knows. David is the author of Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All? and promotes the Christ-Myth Theory, which claims Jesus Christ never lived.

I debated (informally) David on three different occasions in 2013. In our second conversation, he made a claim that John the Baptist was a failed Messiah. This claim came in the flow of an argument he was making about  Jesus (supposedly) not having the same amount of historical corroboration as so-called “loser Messiahs”. I asked Dave for evidence or a source for his take on J to tha B. He mentioned the Clementine Recognitions, saying it backs him up. Watch the debate here and note our dialogue between 12 and 13 minutes.

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