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A debate on the question "Jesus: Man, Myth or Messiah?"was sponsored by the Apologetics Research Society (ARS) as part of the International Christian Evidences Conference. Houston Baptist University was the venue for this cordial but spirited debate.
Douglas Jacoby argued in the affirmative. The Historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith are one and the same. Self-styled "Christian atheist" Robert Price claimed that the New Testament picture of Jesus is legendary, paralleled by myths in other ancient religions.
An irony of the debate is that Douglas Jacoby received his Masters in Theological Studies in New Testament from (liberal) Harvard Divinity School, while Robert Price received his Masters in Theological Studies in New Testament from (conservative) Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Both speakers have doctorates from Drew University.
You will find the exchange both engaging and enlightening. It will build your faith in the reliability of the Bible and in Jesus Christ.
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DR. DOUGLAS JACOBY is an international Christian speaker and writer, and has lectured in nearly 90 nations. Among his books are Genesis, Science and History, Shining like Stars, The Quiver, and Jesus and Islam. He is principal instructor in the Athens Institute of Ministry. His interests include cosmology, biology, world religions, and ancient languages. Jacoby holds degrees from Duke, Harvard, and Drew. His websites are douglasjacoby.com and jacobypremium.com.
DR. ROBERT PRICE is a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, Professor of Theology and Scriptural Studies at Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, and Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry Institute. Price is a prolific writer, and his books include Beyond Born Again, Deconstructing Jesus, and The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man. He serves as editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism. He holds two PhDs from Drew University.