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OSU to debate resurrection

February 19, 2014

By Oregon State University Socratic Club

The Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic, “The Resurrection Jesus: An Article of Faith or a Fact of History?” on Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium. The speakers are Craig Blomberg and Carl Stecher. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He is the author of 20 books, including “The Historical Reliability of the Gospels.” Carl Stecher is Professor Emeritus of Literature at Salem State University. He earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut. He is the co-author of “God Questions.” For those who can’t attend the debate, a live stream of the event will be available for viewing through KBVR at

On Friday, February 21 at 12 noon in the International Forum of MU East (Snell Hall), Professor Blomberg will give a public lecture entitled “The Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Gospels.” The popular media tends to highlight claims from the radical fringes of biblical scholarship, whether it be the Jesus Seminar of the 1990s, sensationalized claims about the Gospel of Judas, the supposed Jesus Family Tomb from the 2000s, or (last year) the recent hoax about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife. What is often ignored in the process are the gains that have been made within the so-called Third Quest of the Historical Jesus. Mainstream Gospel scholars have more reason than ever to be confident about the multiply-attested contours of the portrait of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels. Professor Blomberg will suggest twelve reasons for that confidence. The lecture will be sponsored by the Socratic Club at Oregon State and the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion.

Gary Ferngren
Adviser, OSU Socratic Club

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