What about the claims made by movies like Zeitgeist and Religulous that assert there have been many myths of gods (pre-dating Jesus) that claimed a virgin birth, resurrection, 12 apostles and more. If true that definitely puts a damper on Christian claims, but what does the historical evidence show?
Historian vs. Mythicist: Was Jesus a copy of Pagan Gods. Stumbling upon this video online started my journey comparing claims of mythology vs. historical evidence for Christ.
Case For Christ Documentary: Even if Jesus isn’t a copy of Pagan gods, is there any real historical evidence for Christ’s existence, his teachings and the belief of so many of his followers that he was resurrected after his crucifixion? If the resurrection was in doubt then all of his teachings would be in doubt. What is the real evidence not only for Christ, but also for the resurrection? While I don’t agree with absolute every conclusion that Lee comes to, the vast majority of his research gets an A+. It’s really thought-provoking and easy to watch and understand.
A Remarkable Relic of the Resurrection: Fr. Rober Spitzer reviews the scientific evidence for the crucifixion and the resurrection as found on the Shroud of Turin.
Deepak Chopra vs Christian Apologist: Discuss the authenticity of historical evidence for Christ vs other religious figureheads. Deepak might not have been convinced, but I was.
William Lane Craig on Resurrection: A foremost scholar discusses historical evidence of the resurrection (for which the whole religion hinges). I enjoyed the deeply academic review of evidence and even the Q&A section after this lecture.
Atheist Police Detective This is just fun thought experiment where an atheist police detective uses modern investigation techniques to examine the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus including considering conspiracy theories.
A Case for Jesus: Dr. Brant Pitre, scripture scholar and bestselling author, uses biblical and historical evidence to bolster the “case for Jesus” by exposing the problems with the many false theories that have been introduced over the past hundred years resulting in widespread skepticism about the reliability of Christian faith. He tackles head-on questions like: Were the four Gospels really anonymous? Are the Gospels folklore? Or are they biographies? Were the four Gospels written too late to be reliable? What about the so-called “Lost Gospels,” such as “Q” and the Gospel of Thomas? Did Jesus claim to be God? Is Jesus divine in all four Gospels? Or only in John? Did Jesus fulfill the Jewish prophecies of the Messiah? Why was Jesus crucified? What is the evidence for the Resurrection?
And many more. This is available on formed.org as an audiobook or on Amazon.
- Spitzer’s Universe: www.MagisCenter.com/the-reality-of-jesus
- What Are the Odds? 44 Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ