What are some books that you have authored or have read that would equip the reader to better separate the wheat from the chaff? Has Lee Strobel ever replied to your book, The Case against the Case for Christ? Doesn’t the Cynic sage Jesus hypothesis implicitly undermining the Jewishness — and thus the historicity — of Jesus? Conversely, are there any serious (i.e. not anti-semitic) hypotheses that suggest that Jesus might not have been a Jew? Yahweh doesn’t care for idols and images. Why? You mention often that you have no problem with anyone’s beliefs, religious, political, whatever. How did you arrive at this position? When it says in Mark 1:14-15 that after baptism Jesus went proclaiming the gospel of God, was it anything like the stuff John the Baptist believed in? What was the “good news” before Jesus got himself killed? Jonah is Hebrew for “dove”. So is the “sign of Jonah” the dove that appeared at the baptism? Who were the “Luciferians” mentioned by Jerome? Have you read Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That show Jesus Never Existed by David Fitzgereld? It seems like most Apologists keep going back to the early dating of Paul’s letters to make their point for the historical Jesus. Just how do apologists come up with these dates and what is your opinion of the dating of the letters? Which is older, Acts or Galatians? Does the Galatians reference to Paul’s journey into Arabia refer to the fringe areas of the Roman Levantine provinces? Could Egypt’s rule over Canaan have provided a cultural memory or kernel for Egypt’s enslavement of the Hebrews? When did Christianity become a religion of rules and regulations and not faith as it proposes to be?
Is there any evidence that David and Jonathan were a homoerotic couple? “Let us” in Genesis 3 as evidence of polytheism or of the trinity?
How can we be sure that what we hear from his critics about Marcion is actually legitimate? Difference between the Geek and Richard Carrier or David Fitzgerald. Meaning of classical Greek “baptizo” as “sprinkling with (blood)” Could early Christians have used it this way, as in Revelation. Might fewer copies of Mark survive because, being as short and as based on Grecian and Jewish literary conventions as it was, it was simple enough to remember, so people used paper and ink for longer writings they couldn’t memorize as readily? What do you think of Karen Armstrong’s work? Adam’s rib as penis bone. Meaning of “it is finished” in John revisited. Challengers to the Documentary Hypothesis and likelyhood DH will be overthrown in the future. Mark 12:30 which mentions ‘heart’, ‘soul’, ‘mind’, and ‘strength,’ but the source of the quotation, Deut. 6:5, does not have ‘mind’. Jesus only introduces it in Mark and Luke 10:27. Is this Jesus/Buddha’s Gnosticism glimmering through? S. H. Smith shows that in Genesis 32:33 “hollow of the thigh” was probably a euphemism for genitals and that “sinew of the hip” was, too. Then it seems that the passage was not an injunction against eating the thigh meat. It was an injunction against eating the penis and testicles (good old mountain oysters).
Evidence for a historical John the Baptist that might be more corporal than what we have regarding Jesus? Who are the “four carpenters” in Zechariah 1:20? Mark 15:40-41 brings to mind the Maenads, the women followers of Dionysus. Then at Mark 15:46 we are given the earliest account of the burial of Jesus. Jesus’ tomb, “hewn from rock” and Mithras being “born from a rock.” Christians say that God’s perfect justice demands payment but I’ve never understood why God can’t just forgive. Was the Mosaic covenant (which Jeremiah’s new covenant presumably supersedes) supposed to be permanent? Why would James and Peter agree to meet with a man who has been persecuting/killing the followers of Christ (Saul/Paul)? How come, if the Jews are sending out people killing Christians, that the known leaders of the church in Jerusalem are still allowed to preach, for three years and then eighteen years after their leader was killed? Isn’t there a point to the criterion of embarrassment in the case of Jesus getting executed by Romans? What do we know of gnostic groups such as the Marcionites, Cathars and others and their views on a historical Jesus? Was the Christ myth ever truly lost and rediscovered? What works of the Dutch Radicals would the Geek most like to see translated in order of some priority? What theological differences, if any, exist between the Septuagint and Masoretic Bibles?
Is there a chronology of early Christian literature from the earliest known New Testament writing to about the year 500? How about a history of the growth of the early church which is completely agnostic as to the historicity of Jesus and Paul? Did the death of Jesus temporarily reduce the Trinity to a Binity? James Patrick Holding says Elisha did not sick the bears on the kids but merely predicted their arrival, and that the mockers were young adult hooligans, not children. Who presents the best case for the Historicity of Jesus? Why did G.A. Wells come to believe there was a Historical Jesus behind Q1? Comparison of Christian and Buddhist/eastern philosophy Evangelical beliefs on hell, infant salvation and abortion as salvific act. Do evangelicals even consider human well-being, or are they merely afraid of breaking ancient and more modern rules? Disgust with sex as a major driving force behind anti-abortion attitudes by Evangelicals. What are the stigmata Paul mentions in Galatians 6:17 and history of Christian stigmata? Isn’t Hitler’s Mein Kampf morally superior to the Bible? If the Bible is not historical, do Israeli West Bank settlers have any right to be there? Is there mention another covenant or “new” covenant anywhere in the OT or Torah? Also, what do you make about Pastor John Hagee and his concept of the old covenant not being superseded by the new (In defense of Israel, 2007). What percentage of New Testament Bible Scholars hold to the Eternal Sonship of Christ? An Amazon review of Hermann Gunkel’s book ‘Creation and Chaos’ says that the discovery of the Ugaritic myths makes Gunkel’s thesis irrelevant. Does this view have any merit?
How could it be that an angel of the Lord could strike down Herod for merely not giving glory to God and yet the angels weren’t able to strike down Hitler or Stalin? Is Acts 12:23 pure Bible fiction or misinterpretation of coincidence? Ascension of Jesus in Luke (immediately after crucifixion) vs. Acts (after 40 days.) Apocalyptic vs. sage Jesus and historical consensus. Can both the “real Jesus” and “made-up narrative” models – the thesis that if we look at a certain class of events depicted in the Gospels, some of them must be expected to generate noteworthy entries in religious and secular historical notes of the time – explain the text of the Gospels? The three sets of 10 Commandments and apologist response. Miraculous catch of fish in John 21 and its connection to Pythagoras. In Psuedo-Philo’s “Biblical Antiquities” Pharaoh and the Egyptians plan to kill the male infants and give the female infants to their slaves so that any offspring wouldn’t be free Israelites but slaves. Did he make up this story or borrow it from another tradition?