Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jesus Resurrection Debate - Dr. Gary Habermas vs Antony Flew

Originally presented in 2003 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Christian Dr. Gary Habermas vs then atheist Professor Antony Flew

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  • Ph.D., (1976), Michigan State University
    • Area: History and Philosophy of Religion
  • M.A., (1973), University of Detroit
    • Area: Philosophical Theology
  • B.R.E., (1972), William Tyndale College
    • Majors: Christian Education, Bible, Social Sciences
    • Minors: Philosophy, Greek, English and Speech
  • 1981 to present: Liberty University
    Title and Position: Distinguished Research Professor; Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School; Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University; current appointment: teaching in PhD program
  • 1979 to 1981: William Tyndale College
    Position and Title: Chairman of Philosophy Department, Associate Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion
  • Thirty-Six Books (Author, Co-Author, or Editor), including:
    • What’s so Good about Feeling Bad?, with John Thomas (Tyndale, 2008)
    • C. S. Lewis as Philosopher, co-ed. with Jerry Walls & David Baggett (InterVarsity, 2008)
    • The Secret of the Talpiot Tomb: Unraveling the Mystery of the Jesus Family Tomb (Broadman & Holman, 2007)
    • Philosophy of History, Miracles, and the Resurrection of Jesus, second edition (Academx Publishing, 2006)
    • Resurrected? An Atheist & Theist Dialogue with A. Flew (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)
    • The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus with M. Licona (Kregel, 2004)
    • The Risen Jesus & Future Hope (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)
    • The Resurrection: Heart of New Testament Doctrine (College Press, 2000)
    • The Resurrection: Heart of the Christian Life (College Press, 2000)
    • The Thomas Factor: Using Your Doubts to Draw Closer to God (Broadman & Holman, 1999)
    • Beyond Death: Exploring the Evidence for Immortality with J.P. Moreland (Crossway, 1998; Wipf & Stock, 2003)
    • In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History co-ed. with D. Geivett (Inter-Varsity, 1997)
    • Forever Loved: A Personal Account of Grief & Resurrection (College Press, 1997)
    • Prolegomena to Theology (Harcourt Brace, 1996)
    • Survey of Christian Theology (Harcourt Brace, 1996)
    • The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ (College Press, 1996)
    • Why Believe? God Exists! with T. Miethe (College Press, 1993)
    • Dealing with Doubt (Moody Press, 1990)
    • The Shroud & the Controversy: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for Authenticity with K. Stevenson (Thomas Nelson, 1990)
    • Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? The Resurrection Debate with A. Flew, ed. T. Miethe (Harper & Row, 1987; Wipf & Stock, 2003)
    • Verdict on the Shroud: Evidence for the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ with K. Stevenson (Servant Books, 1981; Dell Publishing, 1982); Nine foreign editions; International best-seller
    • The Resurrection of Jesus: An Apologetic (Baker, 1980; University Press of America, 1984)
  • Over Sixty Chapters or Articles in Additional Books, including:

    • "The Resurrection of Jesus and the Talpiot Tomb," in Buried Hope or Risen Savior? ed. Charles Quarles (Broadman & Holman, 2008)
    • "The Resurrection of Jesus and Recent Agnosticism," in Reasons for Faith, ed. Norman Geisler & Chad Meister (Crossway, 2007)
    • "The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus" in Harmony of the Gospels, ed. Steven L. Cox & Kendall H. Easley (Broadman & Holman, 2007)
    • "Mapping the Recent Trend toward the Bodily Resurrection Appearances of Jesus in Light of Other Prominent Critical Positions," in The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan & N. T. Wright in Dialogue, ed. R. Stewart (Fortress, 2006)
    • "Resurrection of Jesus" & "Resurrection of Jesus, Implications of," in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics, ed. C. Campbell-Jack & G. McGrath (InterVarsity, 2006)
    • "The Case for Christ's Resurrection," in To Everyone an Answer, ed. F. Beckwith, W.L. Craig, & J.P. Moreland (InterVarsity, 2004)
    • "Plato, Platonism," "Rationalism," & "Resurrection of Christ," in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. W. Elwell, Second Ed. (Baker, 2001)
    • "Why I Believe the Miracles of Jesus Actually Happened" & "Why I Believe the New Testament is Historically Reliable," in Why I am a Christian, ed. N. Geisler & P. Hoffman (Baker, 2001)
    • "Historical Epistemology, Jesus' Resurrection, & the Shroud of Turin," in Proceedings of the 1999 Shroud of Turin International Conference, ed. B. Walsh (Magisterium Press, 2000)
    • "The Evidence of Appearances," in The Case for Christ by L. Strobel (Harper Collins/Zondervan, 1998)
    • "Philosophy of History, Historical Relativism and History as Evidence," in Evangelical Apologetics, ed. M. Bauman, D. W. Hall, & R. C. Newman (Christian Publications, 1996)
    • "Did Jesus Perform Miracles?" in Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus, ed. M. Wilkins & J.P. Moreland (Zondervan, 1995)
    • "A Public Debate" in Arguing Persuasively by R. Lee & K. Lee (Longmans, 1989)
    • "A Plea for the Practical Application of Christian Philosophy" in A Christian's Guide to Faith and Reason by T. Miethe (Bethany, 1987)
    • "Averroes, Rationalism and the Leap of Faith" in Shalom: Essays In Honor of Dr. Charles H. Shaw, ed. E.J. Mayhew (Tyndale College Press, 1983)
    • "Skepticism: David Hume" in Biblical Errancy: An Analysis of Its Philosophical Roots, ed. N. Geisler (Zondervan, 1981)
  • Articles: Well over 100 articles and reviews published (or accepted) in journals and magazines such as:

    Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, Dialog: A Journal of Theology, Fides et Historia, Christian Scholar's Review, Philosophia Christi, Catholic Digest, The Simon Greenleaf Review of Law and Religion, Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Themelios, Trinity Journal, International Christian Digest, Apologia (India), Criswell Theological Review, Journal of Church and State, Christian Counseling Today, Christian Leadership Journal, Grace Theological Journal, Christianity Today, Saturday Evening Post, and Conservative Digest.
1996 to present: Visiting or Adjunct Professor , teaching about forty courses at fifteen different Graduate Schools and Seminaries, including:
Trinity Evangelical, Trinity Western/Northwestern (Vancouver, Canada), Biola, Bethel, Western (Conservative Baptist), Southeastern Baptist, Tyndale (Toronto), Tyndale (Amsterdam), Reformed (Orlando), Southern Evangelical, Faith
Approximately 1800 lectures at about 100 universities, colleges, seminaries, in the U.S. and elsewhere, including:
Stanford, Pennsylvania, Duke Divinity, Rice, UCLA, Notre Dame, Southern Methodist, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Michigan State, Washington (WA), Washington (St. Louis), Louisiana State, Pennsylvania State, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Eastern Virginia Medical, Clemson, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal Poly, George Mason, Windsor (Canada), Wycliffe Hall (Oxford), Oriel (Oxford), Clare (Cambridge), Tyndale House (UK), London School of Economics (UK), Uppsala (Sweden), Lund (Sweden), Strasbourg (France), Moscow (Russia), Novasibirsk (Siberia, Russia), Trinity Evangelical Divinity, Trinity Western, Wheaton, George Fox, Southwestern Baptist, Dallas Theological, Biola, Bethel, Taylor, Southeastern Baptist, New Orleans Baptist, Midwestern Baptist, as well as dozens of churches, including Willow Creek, Southeastern Christian, Maclean’s Bible, Mariners, Christ Fellowship, and Thomas Road Baptist
Marital Status: Married (Eileen), seven children, ten grandchildren
Hobbies: Reading, sports, chess
Head Coach, Liberty University Ice Hockey Team (Club), 1985-1994

Antony Flew

After the WWII, Flew achieved a first class degree in Literae Humaniores at St John's College, Oxford. Flew was a graduate student of Gilbert Ryle, prominent in ordinary language philosophy. Both Flew and Ryle were among many Oxford philosophers fiercely criticised in Ernest Gellner's book Words and Things (1959). A 1954 debate with Michael Dummett over backward causation was an early highlight in Flew's career.[10]

For a year, Flew was a lecturer in philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford. Afterwards, he was a lecturer for four years at the University of Aberdeen, and a professor of philosophy at the University of Keele for twenty years. Between 1973 and 1983 he was professor of philosophy at the University of Reading. At this time, he developed one of his most famous arguments, the No true Scotsman fallacy in his 1975 book, Thinking About Thinking. Upon his retirement, Flew took up a half-time post for a few years at York University, Toronto.

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