JUNE 14 - Biblical Apologetics
Session one: The A, B, C, D and E's of defending the Gospel - Mike Licona
Whether one is talking to an atheist or agnostic, Muslim or Mormon, an attack on the Gospels is often the primary assault. Mike will address the 5 most common objections to the historical reliability of the Gospels.
Session two: How much did the scribes corrupt the New Testament? - Dan Wallace
Dan’s initial lecture focuses on the quantity of textual variations found in the manuscripts. Dan will introduce the whole field of New Testament textual criticism and explain why there are so many textual variants.
Session three: Holy Scripture as Revelation: What are the implications? David Lyle Jeffrey
David will talk about the absolute necessity of using the Bible as if it were ‘a reliable report of the Word of God,’ to use T.S. Eliot’s phrase, and also speak of what we can learn about "faithfulness when marginalized"; from orthodox Jews. As well, he will speak of the obligation to "lived holiness" and “evangelical life” in the Franciscan and Augustinian sense, if we are to be mentally and morally ordered to avoid irrational and misleading discourse.
Session four: Question & Answers with Dr. J.I. Packer
Dr. Packer will answer questions regarding doctrine, theology, & ministry, drawing on his 70 years of experience as an academic and ordained Anglican minister.
Session five: Digging For Truth: Archaeology and the New Testament's Reliability - Greg Monette
Greg will show how the Gospels exhibit verisimilitude and fit into the first century world like a key fits into its corresponding lock.
Session six: How badly did the scribes corrupt the New Testament? - Dan Wallace
Dan’s second lecture focuses on the quality of these variants. Several illustrations of major textual differences will be discussed.
JUNE 15 - Biblical Apologetics
Session seven: Before the Gospels: What happened with Jesus' teaching between AD 30 and AD 65? – Greg Monette
This is a response to Bart Ehrman’s recent book Jesus Before the Gospels. This presentation focuses on the reliability of eyewitness testimony and the reliability of oral tradition.
Session eight: Are there contradictions in the Gospels? - Mike Licona
Mike discusses how ancient literature was written and provides fascinating insights pertaining to how ancient literary devices often resulted in the types of discrepancies we observe in the Gospels and in much of ancient literature.
Session nine: Language Instability and the enduring stability of truth. - David Lyle Jeffrey
David will take up the postmodernist nonsense from Humpty Dumpty to contemporary solipcisms and programmatic redefinitions of key terms for political ends, explain the necessity of affirming a correspondence theory of truth. He will conclude by showing how the problem of perverse language usage has been universal since Eden and that Scripture itself deals with it more sanely than many contemporary theologians.
Session ten: J. I. Packer, Second Q+A
Session eleven: What theological issues are at stake in the New Testament variants? - Dan Wallace
Dan’s third lecture focuses on the heart of the issue, namely, has the essence of the Christian faith been altered by the scribes so that we can no longer recover the apostolic teaching and witness to Christ?
Session twelve: The Historical Case for the resurrection of Jesus Mike Licona
Why should others believe Christianity is true in the face of so many worldviews? Can we know for certain? Are there any hard-core facts? A sober historical investigation surprisingly reveals that Jesus’ resurrection was an event in history.