A Debate on the Nativity for Christmas
Today the “Reasonable Doubts” podcast released a one hour forty minute debate between Jonathan Pearce and myself on the historical reliability of the nativity narratives of Matthew and Luke. The debate consists of twenty minute opening statements, fifteen minute rebuttals, seven minute rebuttals, five minute rebuttals, and two minute closing statements.
Whew! I get tired just thinking about it!
It wasn’t in real time. Rather, we each wrote and recorded our opening statement and then each response after hearing our opponent’s previous response. This maximizes the time allowing us to deliver content more effectively.
My worthy opponent Jonathan blogs as “A Tippling Philosopher”: http://skepticink.com/tippling/
He also wrote a book on the nativity called The Nativity: A Critical Examination (Onus Books, 2012).
It was a fun, collegial and engaging debate. Unfortunately Jonathan keeps complaining that he was not given enough time. A sign of desperation perhaps?
You can listen to / download the debate here:
And now for my special seasonal greetings.
Merry Christmas to my Christian readers.
Seasons Greetings to my non-Christian readers.
A joyous Winter Solstice to my atheist readers.
Happy Kwanzaa to the African-American community.
And best belated Dwali and Hanukkah wishes to my Hindu and Jewish readers.