Well, actually, it will be more of a friendly dialogue.
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS THEY’LL ATTEMPT TO ANSWER, EACH FROM THEIR OWN VIEWPOINT:
Where did the material that makes
up our NT come from?
How did Christianity spread during its first 75 years?
When and by whom were the Gospels written?
When and by whom was the rest of the NT written?
Who was “the historical Jesus”?
What was Jesus preaching?
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. Now they're ready to share their thoughts with the group.
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 and has read a lot since then. 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, then open the time up for Q & A and discussion with the whole group.
Do you enjoy rational discussion, logic, and learning? What about hanging out with like-minded people who also enjoy these things?
Questioning what we are told is an incredible attribute that humans have and we should exercise it by encouraging critical thought!
Anyone is welcome to join, but this group is intended for those who want to question dogma and learn from others, while having fun with people who do the same.
Come and join us for fun nights in the midtown area to see live music, have a beer, a delicious nibble, or pass out fliers next to evangelists in Westport that have a message of peace rather than threats of Hell and fear of pleasure! Let's enjoy the one life we have and let others do the same! :)
There are TONS of meetup groups around the Kansas City area. To join another nearest to you and meetup with other skeptics and freethinkers, and to learn more about the Freethought movement visit: http://kcfreethinkers.org/