Let’s start with two simple, yet crucial questions: “Do you trust the Bible?” and “Do you believe Jesus is God?”
Many of you are thinking, “Of course, Matt!” Even so, you certainly know a lot of people in our post-Christian world who don’t agree. They’re skeptics.
And there are a lot of people seeking to create more of them. In fact, some people who spend their professional lives studying the Gospels go around making wild claims about Jesus and the Gospels that just don’t pass historical muster: claims such as “We can’t trust the Gospels because we don’t have any idea who wrote them,” or “Jesus never claimed to be divine.”
And the awful thing is, they’re using shoddy “historical” arguments to destroy the faith of a lot of Catholics, and people don’t even realize it. They trumpet their “scientific” findings and somberly declare that the Gospels don’t stand up to careful scrutiny and call into question Christ’s claims.
But it’s a sham. Their positions are full of holes so big you could drive a truck full of Bibles through them. And to prove it, I’ve brought in a ringer.
Dr. Brant Pitre (www.BrantPitre.com) is one of the most popular Catholic apologists for a reason. You may have seen or heard him on television, the radio, or at a Catholic conference. Brant is in demand. He’s an extremely intelligent, yet easy to understand Scripture scholar and author who has written best-sellers like Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist and Jesus the Bridegroom.
His latest book is a bombshell.
It’s called The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ. This is truly one of the most important books to come along in a long time. It crushes skepticism about the divinity of Jesus and the origin of the Gospels and demonstrates why it is totally logical to believe the Gospels can be trusted and that Jesus is who he says he is – God.
What we’re discussing in this episode is probably the most important thing happening in Catholicism right now, and most people aren’t even aware of it. In short, this is an important show every Catholic needs to hear.
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This interview is a big help for me as I present Journey Through Scripture courses in Ottawa. I have never really considered WHY so many of us do not know much about Sacred Scripture. Interesting to hear some of the background on that question. BTW, Macleans magazine’s (Canada’s Time magazine if you will) March 2016 cover is “Did Jesus Really Exist?” And guess what scholar is the sole “quotee” in this three page piece? Yep. Bart Erhman. Macleans will be getting a nice little letter now that I have some ammo (“Dear editor, You did not interview other scholars, such as Dr. Brant Pitre for example, because … ?”). Finally, I will definitely use some of these points in the “lecture” portions of JTS. Thank you for presenting on this topic. David in Ottawa.
Excellent, Dave! Glad it was helpful. God bless you!