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Jesus' Resurrection: The Debate
Gary Habermas vs. Antony Flew

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Although most atheists will agree that Jesus of Nazareth existed, preached, and died by crucifixion, they reach a stumbling block when the talk turns to Jesus� resurrection from the dead. This video is not so much a debate as a discussion of the possibilities that could explain the evidence that surround Jesus� resurrection. Both Dr. Habermas and Dr. Flew agree that Jesus lived, preached, died, was buried, and that his tomb was found empty, etc. The only point where they truly seem to disagree is the physical resurrection of Jesus. The moderator begins by stating the common ground and evidence on which the scholars are to base their discussion. Flew then proceeds to voice his skepticism that this historical evidence truly points to a resurrected Jesus. Habermas quickly responds to these objections with clear, concise arguments. For instance, after Flew mentions the skepticism that Jesus may have not actually died on the cross, Habermas takes the audience through the medical details of how death upon a cross occurs. He focuses on the �upper� and �lower� positions of cross victims, and how one can always tell when death occurs by the victim entering the �lower� position. This not being a debate, Flew accepts this response and moves on to his other concerns. After these opening statements, the discussion appears to turn into a question and answer session, with Flew raising a valid point and Habermas readily responding to it. Habermas� responses are so convincing that Flew almost seems ready to accept his opponent�s position, as the moderator kindly points out, when Flew decides to take a stand on philosophical grounds, and the discussion quickly changes directions. Habermas engages Flew in this philosophical discussion of supernatural events, and the video winds down with a Q&A session from the audience.

Gary Habermas is a Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty University and is known for his fascinating and stimulating lectures. He has authored, co-authored, or edited twenty-two books including The Resurrection of Jesus, The Historical Jesus, Beyond Death, In Defense of Miracles, The Verdict of History, and has published over a hundred articles in top scholarly journals such as Religious Studies, Philosophia Christi, Christian Scholar's Review, Faith and Philosophy, and Biblioteca Sacra. Dr. Habermas is one of the world's leading experts on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, Jesus as a historical figure, and the Shroud of Turin. He has engaged in several high-profile debates on the resurrection including one with famous British atheist Anthony Flew. Dr. Habermas holds an M.A. in philosophical theology from the University of Detroit; a D.D. in theology from Emmanuel College, Oxford; and Ph.D. in history and philosophy of religion from Michigan Sate University.

For several decades, Antony Flew has been among the most influential of atheist thinkers. Initially interested in paranormal research, he soon established himself as a powerful opponent of religious belief. He held teaching positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Aberdeen, and then Professorships at the University of Keele and the University of Reading. Among Flew’s most influential works are his essays “Theology and Falsification” (in New Essays in Philosophical Theology) and “The Presumption of Atheism”. In the former, he argued that theological claims should not be taken seriously because they cannot be falsified; in the latter, that atheism ought to be the default position, that the burden of proof on the question of God’s existence lies with the theist. He has also published a work on the possibility of an afterlife, first released under the title The Logic of Mortality but now available as Merely Mortal?

In late 2004 (after this debate), Flew announced that he had changed his mind and accepted the existence of God. The burden of proof, he decided, can now be met following scientific advances that strengthen the argument to design. He continues, however, to reject all purported divine revelation, along with any possibility of an afterlife, describing himself as a deist rather than as a theist.

This is the debate between Gary Habermas and AntonyFlew that took place at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo CA in 2003 at the Veritas Forum.

Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

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