New Civitas Humana Post on the Craig/Ehrman Debate about the Evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection

I’ve been eager to blog some new substantive content for a while now, but have unfortunately been delayed due to a variety of unforeseen personal and professional reasons. Over the last two days, however, I’ve managed managed to crank out a rather lengthy (over 11,000 word!) essay evaluating the Craig/Ehrman debate on the resurrection of Jesus (the transcript of which can be read here). The debate happened over a decade ago (March 2006), but since then it’s been one of the more controversial resurrection debates, with each side claiming their speaker made a stronger case.


I’ve decided to post my discussion of the debate on Civitas Humana, since it focuses primarily on Craig’s critique of Ehrman’s probability arguments against miracles (and thus, on philosophy of probability). Civ has likewise been on hiatus for a while now due to the schedule delays I mentioned above, so I wanted to give it some fresh blood. The essay can be read at the link below:

“Understanding the Spirit vs. the Letter of Probability”

The essay will also be of interest to readers of Κέλσος, since it discusses matters such as Craig’s variation of the “minimal facts” apologetic, resurrection apologetics, epistemology of ancient history, the historical reliability of Paul’s letters and the Gospels, and philosophy of miracles (all subjects that are discussed frequently on this blog). I don’t normally write debate reviews (and my essay isn’t really a point-by-point break down), but I think the Craig/Ehrman debate raised some useful points that will help to discuss how to effectively respond to resurrection apologetics.

Not surprisingly, I thought that Ehrman made a stronger case during the debate (though I’m biased), particularly with regard to alternative (naturalistic or non-paranormal) explanations being more probable than the resurrection hypothesis. But, I do think that Craig scored a technical point in critiquing the validity of some of Ehrman’s logic on probability, and in the essay I offer some suggestions for how to respond to Craig’s critique.

If you have comments pertaining to the essay, please post them on Civ and not here. Otherwise, if you have comments relating to recent matters on Κέλσοςfeel free to post them below. I’m hoping to start up a new philosophy podcast series on Civ later this year (which I will announce here if it gets off the ground). Hopefully this podcast series will bring the sister-blog of this site back to regular activity. Stay tuned!

-Matthew Ferguson

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