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SKEPTICS: DON BELL & FRED HEEREN DEBATE THE NEW TESTAMENT -THIS COMING SAT, SEPT 10, 7PM AT PERKINS.

From: cole m.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 10:32 AM

MIDWEST SKEPTICS SOCIETY: 

DON BELL & FRED HEEREN DEBATE THE NEW TESTAMENT -THIS COMING SAT, SEPT 10, 7PM AT PERKINS.  >"Don't Miss This!"<

I'm looking forward to Saturday. Does it matter if Jesus was a real person or not, or 'what' is significant about the origins of the New Testament? Come give your 2 cents on this during the Q&A. 

Perkins only seats 51 people, so please RSVP.

TO RSVP, ADDRESS AND MORE INFO ABOUT THIS GROUP GO TO: http://www.meetup.com/skeptics-137/

Well, actually, it will be more of a friendly dialogue.  Don Bell and Fred Heeren have been meeting on Saturday afternoons to discuss questions about  the origins of the New Testament and the historicity of Jesus.  Both want to go back to the subject "Where did the NT writers get their material?", which a speaker at Provocateurs was supposed to cover earlier, but didn't.  
Don Bell has post-graduate degrees on the subject from several universities; Fred Heeren admits he has no advanced degrees but merely took Bible courses every semester through college.  Fred says he can only claim to represent the viewpoint of the average evangelical Christian, and hopes to explain an evangelical's reasons for taking the New Testament seriously.  He also says he has opened his mind on many issues since college, and that Don has been helpful toward his re-evaluating his positions.  Don will explain differences between European and American scholarship on the "Who was Jesus?" question, as well as how much we can know and can't know about the sources for the material of the New Testament.  The two intend to question each other closely on how they defend their positions on a host of debated issues, then open the time up for Q & A and discussion with the whole group. 
Cole Morgan  [address removed]  [masked]

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