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So here I find myself, speech number 7. Research your topic it says. collect information, facts and opinions it says


Self Indulgence

Now because research is a demand on my prescious time, this speech by nature should be self indulgent, that is to say I think I should spend my time investigating a subject I feel is important.


Specific/ Ambitious ....... Headonist/Evidentialist

for this reason, I am being specific and ambitious in my topic of choice, attempting to be both a hedonist and an evidentialist at the same time. Time.. yes.. What year is it?


Simple Question Right?

A simple question isn't it. What year is it? Just a small question..but no no..for a guy like me, this is enough to encourage me to dive headlong into the epistemological epicenter of this elephantistic endeavor.. - What year is it? Why is it the year 2018 and not say the year 20 Billion?


? behind ?

And yet I go further...more importantly the question behind the question - what about this historical figure of who got this whole clock ticking in the first place.... This is the big question: Did this man Jesus live and die or is this the stuff of legends?



Now as an Evidentialist I believe If you want to know if something is true you should look at the evidence and then decide. You should not believe what you would like to believe, or what is convenient or popular, or even what your mother taught you while you ate your morning porridge


What if Jesus didnt exist? 2 facts plus...

not just because

- Over a quarter of the people on the planet worship him as God, and about 50 Christian Bibles are accepted every minute..eat your heart out New York times bestsellers

But because, in my research, I found It to be said that Christianity completely changed western civilization

In fact, if Christianity hadn't become the religion of the West, we simply would not have the cultural history we have had - whether you're thinking about art, literature, music, architecture, Law, politics, the list goes on..
our lives would be have incalculably different if it wasn't for Christianity.


Tonight I have for you

I have researched for you 4 facts on this topic that you can take home that are so are widely accepted in the academic world, you would be considered an outcast not to accept them as fact.
Yes, you can go home tonight with 4 rock solid evidence based facts the crucifixion of Jesus Christ


Christianity is unique

You see, Christianity is unique in that
it is a religion rooted in historical events. It makes claims which can therefore be investigated historically.

So lets suppose then we approach the documents of the new testament not as holy books, but In the same way we would approach any other historical documents.. we would see them simply as

- A collection of documents written in Greek,
- handed down from the 1st century
- telling a story about Jesus of Nazareth,

without any assumption to add to their reliability.


Bart Ehman

You might be surprised to hear that when ancient historians approach these documents with this attitude that the majority of scholars today accept 4 central facts about Jesus.

In fact, the well known atheist historian Bart Erhman says:
"There is more evidence of the historical Jesus than anyone else of his time"
"No serious historian doubts the historicity of Jesus"


4 facts

1. Jesus' Burial by Joseph of Aremethea
2. The discovery of his empty tomb by group of women followers
3. Post-mortem appearances to different individuals and groups at different occasions, circumstances
4. The origin of the disciples belief in his resurrection, despite having every predisposition to the contrary


4 best naturalistic explinations

Conspiracy hypothesis (disciples stole the body)
Apparent death hypothesis (Jesus didn't die)
Hallucinations hypothesis
none of these theories have provided a plausable explination of the facts

One hypotheses even goes to say that Jesus had a twin who replaced him at just the right time.



But through probability theory (used by economists to make forcasts about consumer spending) Oxford Philosopher Richard Swinburne worked out an approximate 97% possibility that Jesus rose from the dead

So now the bigger question now seems to be not whether Jesus lived and died but did Jesus die and live... And herein fellow toastmasters lies my next endeavour.