Editorial Reviews. courtdadelorec.ga Review. Since its release, More Than a Carpenter has been challenging readers to ask the question, "Who is Jesus?" Author. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. McDowell, Josh. More than a carpenter / Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell. — [New, rev. ed.]. p. cm. Includes. GOAL: 34, printed copies of More Than a Carpenter for truth seekers “I was so attracted by the title of the book — More Than a Carpenter. I thought it would.
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Yes or No Report This Review. Essential reading for Christians and people wanting to know more about Christianity By Nicole , Dec 13 Most people who claim to be God are either liars or lunatics, so the general trend counts against Jesus, if he indeed claimed such a thing in the first place. But this infamous "trilemma" doesn't capture all of the possibilities anyway. At least two possible scenarios are missing: 1 Legend, or 2 Literature. The former possibility should have been quite obvious to McDowell.
It is distinctly possible that a Jewish prophet named Jesus garnered a following without ever claiming to be God himself, and then decades later stories were recorded by anonymous authors, who don't tell us where they got their information or what historical methods they use when deciding what to record where Jesus claimed to be God.
Sounds like such claims could have been legendary embellishment.
But even supposing that we don't accept that, it's at least possible that Jesus was never even a flesh and blood Jewish prophet, but instead a literary religious character like Hercules or Romulus.
Admittedly, the "mythicist" position which claims there was no historical Jesus is a minority viewpoint, so the legend option seems more attractive. But it is at least possible that the best explanation of the evidence is that Jesus was a mythical character, and people like Earl Doherty and Robert M.
Price have made at least somewhat plausible even if not probable attempts at making such an argument. In any case, the Lord, Liar, or Lunatic schtick fails to convince. In the next chapter McDowell argues that the New Testament documents are reliable. In particular, the Gospels are reliable records of history. But Luke is the only one who ever claims to be writing history at all, and how good is a historian who doesn't tell you who he got his information from, and what methods he used to decide between conflicting accounts?
In either case, one wonders what justification there is for this method.
McDowell never says, he just seems to take it for granted. Regardless, since the Gospels do contradict one another, there is already justification to distrust them. Just read the crucifixion-burial-resurrection-postmortem appearances accounts in the four Gospels side-by-side.
The kind of acrobatics that apologists do to harmonize these accounts is fit for a circus. Yet McDowell doesn't even try to harmonize the accounts. In fact, he doesn't even reveal that there are known contradictions here at all! When he finally discusses what happened in a later chapter he simply chooses an account of events and states that this is what happened. Never mind the fact that the earliest Gospel Mark says otherwise!
Most of the time in the present chapter McDowell is simply quoting historians who have come to the conclusion that the NT documents are reliable. He also resorts to such arguments as this: "The disciples could not afford to risk inaccuracies not to speak of willful manipulation of the facts , which would at once be exposed by those who would be only too glad to do so.
Moreover, it assumes that the claims in question were made by the disciples, but there is no known eyewitness testimony by disciples. The Gospels were written several decades after the fact by anonymous individuals. The latter part of this chapter serves as McDowell's damage control on this issue. In chapter five he asks: "who would die for a lie?
And who would die for such a thing like the disciples did if they knew it was a lie? It is more reasonable, says the apologist, to conclude that Jesus really was raised from the dead.
I've blogged about this claim before under the title "David Marshall on Christian Martyrs," so here I'll just briefly raise some objections. First, McDowell presents no reliable historical evidence that any of the disciples died for their belief in Jesus' resurrection. He does provide a list of individuals followed by their alleged fates, writing that "They were tortured and flogged, and they finally faced death by some of the cruelest methods then known. McDowell doesn't say!
And anyway, even if the disciples did die in the manners described, why assume that either Jesus was raised from the dead or it was all a big hoax?
Quite possibly some series of events occurred which convinced the disciples that Jesus had been vindicated and had conquered death, but in reality Jesus had remained as dead as any other animal that's ever died. Isn't it possible that the disciples were just mistaken? In Stock. More Than a Carpenter 2, years ago Jesus entered the human race. Who did Jesus claim to be?
For example… He forgave sins—something only God can do. He claimed equality with God. He claimed to be the only way to God. These are hardly claims an ordinary person would make!
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