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Will the real Jesus please stand up? : a debate between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan
Craig, William Lane.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, [1998]

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186 pages ; 22 cm
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BT303.2 .C73 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Based on a debate between John Dominic Crossan and William Lane Craig, this book provides a forum for evangelicals and members of the Jesus Seminar to dialogue.

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Considered by many to be the most learned scholar on the topic of Jesus Christ, John Dominic Crossan's adversaries question how he reconciles his Catholic faith with 20th century secular study. A former priest, Crossan is the author of The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images, The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, and The Cross That Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative, among others.

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Booklist Review

Craig and Crossan differ as much as fellow Christians could over how to regard the supernatural claims made about Jesus. Craig is an orthodox believer in Jesus' miracles, especially his bodily resurrection; Crossan thinks those wonders should be understood metaphorically. A public debate between the two would seem fated to be fiery, but at such an event, what happened was different. Craig came to refute Crossan point by point. Crossan came in an ecumenical spirit, to converse rather than conflict; he doesn't even respond to particular bones Craig wants to pick, such as Crossan's reliance on noncanonical gospels to clarify the New Testament four. Indeed, the fine responses to the debate by two scholars on Craig's side and two on Crossan's, which follow the debate transcript, are feistier than Crossan ever is. Although each of the six religion professors outclasses moderator William F. Buckley (an odd predicament for him), all contributors to the book are learned and enlightening, making this an ideal place to join the contemporary quest for the historical Jesus. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

This book, which presents a recent debate between a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar and an Evangelical scholar, as well as follow-up responses by four other New Testament scholars, brings the reader effectively and movingly into the heart of the contemporary fideist-evidentialist debate about the reality and meaning of Jesus' life and teachings. Editor Copan (Who Was Jesus?, Word Pub., 1996) gives Craig's conservatism the last word, but readers of many different convictions will find ample food for thought here. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This collection focuses on a 1994 Chicago debate about the historical Jesus between philosopher/theologian William Lane Craig and New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan. The first half of the book consists of the debate plus a discussion among Craig, Crossan, and the debate's moderator, William F. Buckley, Jr. The second half of the book includes follow-up reflections by Craig, Crossan, two commentators agreeable to Crossan's general position (Marcus Borg and Robert J. Miller), and two commentators agreeable to Craig's general position (Craig L. Blomberg and Ben Witherington III). Craig's general position is largely the traditional orthodox position on Jesus, including the bodily resurrection of Jesus, whereas Crossan's position agrees largely with 20th-century liberal Christianity (for example, the empty tomb is irrelevant to the Christian view of the resurrection of Jesus). In general, the debate is helpful in clarifying some major contrasts between orthodox Christianity and liberal Christianity, even if it fails to break new ground. The debate and follow-up reflections are nontechnical and readily accessible to nonspecialists. The informal nature of the book should make it useful as a reader for introductory courses on Jesus and Christianity. Recommended for all religion collections. General readers; undergraduate and graduate students. P. K. Moser; Loyola University of Chicago