Redaction Criticism

SkepSun #87 (04_20_2014)

Today is of course Easter, the day on which Christians commemorate the supposed resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the central miracle of their faith. Christians would like to believe that the gospels provide the testimony of four independent witnesses who agree on the details. But do the four Gospels provide a clear, accurate and consistent portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth? After Freethought Radio,we’ll hear Dave Fletcher, Jeremy Beahan and Luke Galen of the Reasonable Doubts podcast discuss how modern biblical scholarship and a method known as redaction criticism paint a radically different picture of the gospels, their origins and historical accuracy. Differences and inconsistencies among the Gospels are not random, but reflect the agendas of each of the Gospel writers and point to a missing source for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, called, the ‘Q Gospel.’ But we start things off as we do each week with Freethought Radio, the show produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor talk about FFRF’s complaint to Clemson University about their proselytizing football coach, Saudi Arabia declaration that “atheism = terrorism” and describe the many freethought connections to Shakespeare and Prokofiev (both born on or about April 23), and they talk with activist and philanthropist Todd Stiefel of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation.




Jesus doesn't stay dead