Sunday, February 10, 2008
Liberal "Christianity". There's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one yet there are many in the land today that are professing that we can believe things like "Jesus didn't do miracles" or "Jesus didn't actually raise from the dead literally" and still be believers in the actual, historical Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It's almost as ridiculous as saying something like you can not literally send money to pay your bills yet your bills are still payed. It doesn't make any sense. It seems, however, that the Discovery Channel, ABC, etc. doesn't take that into consideration when they are looking for advice on a topic as long as the person they reference has "Dr.", "expert", or "scholar" associated with their name in some sense which leads us to the topic at hand: the Jesus Seminar. Several years ago, ABC and Peter Jennings gave a documentary called The Search for Jesus in which they looked to liberal "Christians" to try and explain some of the things that are harder to believe than others regarding Our Lord and Savior, the historical Jesus Christ.
Several years have gone by since 2000, and there have been various wonderful rebuttals. James White has even debated John Dominic Crossan on the subject of "Is the Bible True?" Still, there has been a lingering sense that the Jesus Seminar has had a "stranglehold" on Christianity for many years now. Many take their arguments as canon and still consider themselves to be believers in Jesus Christ despite the glaring errors and misrepresentations in the Seminar's "scholarship". That's where this documentary comes in...
The Apologetics Group whose documentaries include the Hell's Bells series and Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism has come together with some of the same people from the Amazing Grace documentary including George Grant and Stephen Mansfield along with some others including James P. Holding of Tektonics Ministries and Phillip G. Kayser of Bilibcal Blueprints to give their newest one: The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
First, let me say that I am going to watch this documentary again in the next week, Lord willing. I took the LSAT last weekend which was between the time I first received it and finished it so I didn't get to give it the amount of attention that I would have liked to. Even if I would have not had the test, though, I don't believe that I would have been able to take it all in in just one sitting. It is so full of wonderful material not only debunking the myths put out by liberals, but also expounding upon the wonderful facts that they meet the liberal's arguments with that I believe I would have only been able to take in about 65% of it at once aside from any other responsibilities. In fact, they do such a great job of elaborating on the truths and accuracy of the Scriptures, I found myself pressing the pause button often just to take it all in. It is such a convincing piece of work that I believe it to be vital to anyone who is seriously weighing the issues proposed by liberal "scholars" and those who hold to faith in Christ.
The documentary is sectioned into 10 parts: the opening, the introduction, 7 myths proposed by the higher critics, and the conclusion. They tackle the 7 most popular myths that are being raised by the skeptics. They don't waste time with them, either. If after you watch this documentary, you are still convinced that the liberals have actual arguments, then you just haven't given this documentary an honest evaluation. Such topics include "Did Jesus really do miracles?" "Was Jesus literally raised from the dead?" and this sample clip of Myth #1 "Is the 'historical Jesus' different from the Jesus of the Bible.
The entire documentary is just as thorough as this clip if not more. It takes myth by myth and debunks each one with true scholarship and logic and not subjective opinion. On a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, I give it a 4.8. It is a worthy addition to anyone's library who is looking to understand not only the historical accuracy of the Bible, but also how to answer the skeptics who wish to denounce it's claims.
You can get this HERE
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