Robert Price, “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise,” Part 3, May 31-June 4

From May 17th through June 18th on Religion For Life I am broadcasting a four-part series on the historical Jesus.  It is called “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?” For four weeks, I interview four of the most prolific and provocative scholars in the United States, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Robert M. Price, and Dr. John Dominic Crossan.

Dr. Robert M. Price is my third guest. He is a fellow of the Jesus Seminar, a scholarly think tank that during the 1980s and 1990s evaluated all the traditions regarding Jesus to extricate his words and deeds from later fictional elements attributed to him. Even though the Seminar determined that less than 20% of the material attributed to Jesus went back to an historical person, Dr. Price thinks that was too conservative. Dr. Price is the author of The Christ Myth Theory and Its Problems. Here is my review. He makes the case that when you try to separate the mythical elements from Jesus, you are left with myth and no remainder. He thinks that everything about Jesus has antecedents in the Hebrew scriptures or from pagan literature. His interview will be broadcast beginning May 31st. After broadcast, podcasts will be available here.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, May 31st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, June 3rd, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 3rd, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 4th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning June 5th.

Dr. Bart Ehrman, “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise? Part 2”, May 24-28.

From May 17th through June 18th on Religion For Life I am broadcasting a four-part series on the historical Jesus.  It is called “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?” For four weeks, I interview four of the most prolific and provocative scholars in the United States, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Robert M. Price, and Dr. John Dominic Crossan.

The second interview in the series is with Dr. Bart Ehrman.  Dr. Ehrman teaches religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written over 25 books on early Christianity. His latest is called Did Jesus Exist? The Case for the Historical Jesus. Here is my review. He is responding to the “mythicist” movement that says Jesus is a fictional character from beginning to end.  Erhman says that Jesus did exist, even though he is not the Jesus we learned in Sunday School.  He thinks Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet who predicted God’s dramatic intervention that never came. His interview will be broadcast beginning May 24th.  After broadcast, podcasts will be available here.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, May 27th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 27th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 28th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning May 29th.

Bishop John Shelby Spong “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise? Part 1”, May 17-21

This week on Religion For Life I begin my four-part series on the historical Jesus, “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?”  For four weeks, I will interview four of the most prolific and provocative scholars in the United States, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Robert M. Price, and Dr. John Dominic Crossan.

The series begins with Bishop John Shelby Spong.  The retired Episcopal Bishop who has written over twenty books on religion, with such titles as Why Christianity Must Change Or Die, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, and Jesus for the Non-Religious talks about his new book, Reclaiming the Bible for the Non-Religious World.  Bishop Spong explains the concept of midrash in understanding how the stories about Jesus came to be written.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, May 17th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, May 20th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 20th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 21st at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning May 22nd.

Will The Real Jesus Please Rise? A Four-Part Series Beginning May 17

Beginning May 17th I will be broadcasting a four-part series on the historical Jesus. It is called “Will the Real Jesus Please Rise?”  For four weeks, I will interview four of the most prolific and provocative scholars in the United States, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Robert M. Price, and Dr. John Dominic Crossan.

The series begins with Bishop John Shelby Spong.  The retired Episcopal Bishop who has written over twenty books on religion, with such titles as Why Christianity Must Change Or Die, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, and Jesus for the Non-Religious talks about his new book, Reclaiming the Bible for the Non-Religious World.  Bishop Spong explains the concept of midrash in understanding how the stories about Jesus came to be written.  His interview will be broadcast May 17th.

Dr. Bart Ehrman teaches religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written over 25 books on early Christianity. His latest is called Did Jesus Exist? The Case for the Historical Jesus.  Here is my review.  He is responding to the “mythicist” movement that says Jesus is a fictional character from beginning to end. Erhman says that Jesus did exist, even though he is not the Jesus we learned in Sunday School.  He thinks Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet who predicted God’s dramatic intervention that never came.  His interview will be broadcast beginning May 24th.

Dr. Robert M. Price is my third guest. He is a fellow of the Jesus Seminar, a scholarly think tank that during the 1980s and 1990s evaluated all the traditions regarding Jesus to extricate his words and deeds from later fictional elements attributed to him. Even though the Seminar determined that less than 20% of the material attributed to Jesus went back to an historical person, Dr. Price thinks that was too conservative. Dr. Price is the author of The Christ Myth Theory and Its Problems.   Here is my review.  He makes the case that when you try to separate the mythical elements from Jesus, you are left with myth and no remainder. He thinks that everything about Jesus has antecedents in the Hebrew scriptures or from pagan literature. His interview will be broadcast beginning May 31st.

My final guest in this series is Dr. John Dominic Crossan. He is the current president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He along with Robert Funk founded the Jesus Seminar and he has written over 20 books on early Christian origins. He believes that Jesus did exist. He was not an apocalyptic prophet, however. He believes the parables are the key to understanding Jesus and his message about the kingdom of God, that comes gradually as we participate in it. Dr. Crossan speaks about his new book, The Power of Parable: How Fiction By Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus.   Here is my review.  This interview will be broadcast beginning June 7th.

Religion For Life can be heard Thursdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm on WETS 89.5 FM and WETS HD-1, Johnson City, TN and Sundays at noon and Mondays at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7, Emory, VA.

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Rabbi Rob Cabelli of Beth Israel Congregation, Asheville, NC, May 3-7

This is the first of a two part conversation with Rabbi Rob Cabelli of Congregation Beth Israel in Asheville, North Carolina.  Rabbi Cabelli made the drive over the mountain to speak with me about Judaism in general, science and faith, Torah, and being Jewish in Appalachia.

Listen via livestream…

Thursday, May 3rd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, May 6th, at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, May 6th, at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, May 7th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning May 8th.