Atheist Debates

Did Jesus Exist? Price/Ehrman Debate- Who Won? Who's Next?

On Friday October 21, 2016, Dr. Robert Price and Dr. Bart Ehrman finally debated on whether or not Jesus existed. The Mythicist Milwaukee team held the debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Turner Hall. After the debate many people in Milwaukee and online were already discussing who won and what the main takeaways were from the debate.

We decided to invite the experts on a podcast to get their opinion on this debate and where the mythicist position is headed. Matt Dillahunty, Dr. Richard Carrier, David Fitzgerald and Kristyn Whitaker Hood join hosts Sean Fracek and Jason Lawson to discuss the debate.

Matt Dillahunty explains why he feels at this point the mythicist position is not ready for the spotlight. But is it getting there? Also, If you are in that camp that feels Dr. Richard Carrier should be the next to debate Dr. Bart Ehrman, you will get a sneak peek of what that would like in this interview. 

Carrier, Bass bring a heated debate

There was a buzz in the air upon introduction to the debate. Shank Hall watched, filled to capacity, as Drs. Richard Carrier and Justin Bass dueled their respective arguments on the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As Mythicists, we believe that it is all lore. Tonight was not about whether there was a historical Jesus. Tonight for arguments sake, it will be assumed that there was a man named Jesus. Is there any reliable source material that points to this man’s return to a living corporeal form after being publicly put to death? Viewpoints got heated during the debate and the Q & A afterwards. We recorded it all for you to watch on YouTube.

The questions from the audience only fueled the disagreements, though Bass pointed out many ways that Carrier and he agree on certain points. The resurrection is a big topic and the two frequently strayed, but not for long.

The highlight of the night was during the Q & A session. Pete Isley, Midwest chapter president of SNAP, waited in line for his turn at the mic and then said, “This is like Thanksgiving at my house but with citations.”

He spoke of the relevance of the topic of the debate to the rape of countless children right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. A video of his comments are on the MM YouTube page.

Everyone did a great job to keep things running. Sean and Fritz put a lot of effort into this project and it paid off. Many MM members went church-to-church promoting Buzzed Belief. Adam, Jason, Jozef and others worked hard to stream the debate live on the internet. Worth it!

Buzzed Belief Debate is Here!

Mythicist Milwaukee has been busting its collective ass this winter to bring the first Buzzed Belief Debate to Shank Hall in Milwaukee. The series of “spirited debates” kicks off with historian Richard Carrier and minister/elder Justin Bass going head-to-head. They will both present their arguments on whether or not there are reliable sources for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

All of us with Mythicist Milwaukee are honored to bring this event to our city and the all the rest watching online.

The local paper The Shepard Express ran a nice article interviewing the co-founders and about the debate series.

Behind-the-scenes photos of the MM working to bring the first Buzzed Belief: A Spirited Debate Series to Milwaukee's East Side. 

Does Modern Science Tear Down Christian Theology? w/ Bernie Dehler

Author Bernie Dehler on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Bernie Dehler is a former evangelical Christian preacher. After being an evangelical Christian for 25 years, he became an atheist. His reasons are primarily scientific and philosophical. As a Christian, he decided to study more science in order to debate atheists, and in so doing, came to see that the naturalistic worldview made much better sense of the world than did his religious worldview.

Bernie has been involved in many debates first as a Christian, then as an atheist. In 2014 he wrote the book entitled: Modern Science and Philosophy Destroy Christian Theology”.

Bernie received a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology degree from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1984, and has been working in the computer industry ever since. In 2007 he also earned a Masters in Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia. He left the faith and became an atheist in 2009.

During this interview Bernie explains how and why he converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Christian to ultimately an atheist. He discusses why he feels debates are important in the religious world and what he would like to see in more debates. Bernie is well versed in many of the subjects and arguments in various fields that surround religion and secularism. Don’t miss this interview!