Part 2 of this debate can be found here…
A popular, but completely unsubstantiated claim skeptics often make is that Jesus was simply a myth formulated and constructed from other pagan religions. The argument being that certain distinctives of the Christian faith such as the virgin birth, crucifixion, resurrection, atonement, and the ascension were borrowed from other religions who were already previously established. Even a cursory look at credible historical sources would debunk such wildly speculative claims, but in the age of information, fact checking seems to be a lost art.
Public Christianity has a great seven minute video refuting some of the religious claims of the movie Zeitgeist.
Dr. Chris Forbes is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University, and Deputy Chairman of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity. His fields of research and teaching focus on New Testament history, Alexander the Great and Hellenistic history, Graeco-Roman History of Ideas and the intersection of early Christianity and Graeco-Roman culture.
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While there is certainly a vast amount of internal evidence for the credibility of Christianity’s claims, it’s always beneficial to look at what credible extra-biblical sources have to say. In this video Dr. Peter Williams and Dr. David Instone-Brewer of Tyndale House look at the Munich Talmud and discover how the Talmud and deleted texts provide evidence for Jesus’ crucifixion.
Seen the error ridden movie Zeitgeist? Here’s thirteen of it’s outrageous religious claims easily refuted at Always be Ready Apologetics.
“Zeitgeist (a German phrase that means “the spirit of the age”) is the name of an online video (first released in June 2007) that is making quite an impact on its viewers. In this video, Peter Joseph, the writer and director, seeks to persuade his viewers that the authors of the New Testament borrowed the idea of Jesus’ virgin birth, December 25th birth date, twelve disciples, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection from astrological sources and ancient pagan mystery religions that were around long before the time of Christ. The video even goes so far as to claim that Jesus never existed. Well, these claims are so outrageous, we’re glad you’ve taken the time to investigate them for, as you will see shortly, there is an abundance of evidence that Peter Joseph has greatly erred in his claims.”