Robert M. Price
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Table of Contents
Beyond Born Again: Toward Evangelical Maturity (1993) [ Index ]
Price critiques William Lane Craig's attempt to establish the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus.
Robert Price critiques chapter nine of Josh McDowell's Evidence That Demands a Verdict. Price argues that contemporary biblical scholarship has thrown fundamentalist appeals to the "proof from prophecy" so seriously into question that it can no longer be used to defend the true messiahship of Jesus.
The Great Preposterous (1997)
Robert Price critiques chapter eight of Josh McDowell's Evidence That Demands a Verdict.
Prophecy and Palimpsest (2002)
Where did the book of Mormon come from? In "Prophecy and Palimpsest" Robert M. Price outlines the case for a human rather than divine origin of the book, arguing that it is "a modern pseudepigraph, the work of Joseph Smith himself," the founder of the Latter-day Saints. "The Book of Mormon never existed as a set of golden plates in a foreign language" handed down by the angel Moroni, but was Smith's way of presenting America's frontier heritage in biblical language. His portrayal of American Christianity was really just a reflection of what he thought Christianity ought to become, and his fictionalized image of the biblical past was a mirror of the way he thought things ought to be.
Virtually all the rest of McDowell's sixth chapter of Evidence That Demands a Verdict is taken up with defending what no one challenges: that various New Testament writers believed Jesus Christ was a heavenly being come to earth. That McDowell can for a moment imagine that such scripture prooftexting even begins to address the objections of nonbelievers shows once again that he really has no intention of engaging them. He is simply a cheer-leader for fundamentalism, preaching to the choir.
Reply to Professor Hamblin (2004)
In this follow-up piece to "Prophecy and Palimpsest," Robert M. Price defends his position that the Book of Mormon is a pseudepigraph crafted by Joseph Smith. Various points are addressed in response to William Hamblin's objections to "Prophecy and Palimpsest."
Jesus: Fact or Fiction? (1997) [ Index ]
A debate between Robert M. Price and John Rankin.
Price analyzes the evidence for and against the hypothesis that 1 Corinthians 15:3-11 is a post-Pauline interpolation. He concludes that the emergent hypothesis, while it can in the nature of the case never be more than an unverifiable speculation, can claim a significant degree of plausibility as one among many options for making sense of the passage.
Price responds to William Lane Craig's objections to the hypothesis that 1 Corinthians 15:3-11 is a post-Pauline interpolation.
Christ a Fiction (1997)
Christ may be said to be a fiction in the four senses that 1) it is quite possible that there was no historical Jesus. 2) Even if there was, he is lost to us, the result being that there is no historical Jesus available to us. And 3) the Jesus who "walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am his own" is an imaginative visualization and in the nature of the case can be nothing more than a fiction. And finally, 4) "Christ" as a corporate logo for this and that religious institution is a euphemistic fiction, not unlike Ronald McDonald, Mickey Mouse, or Joe Camel, the purpose of which is to get you to swallow a whole raft of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors by an act of simple faith, short-circuiting the dangerous process of thinking the issues out to your own conclusions.
Damnable Syllogism (1997)
Price argues that the essence of Christianity is not love, but is in fact the doctrine of the atonement.
Price's account of his own journey from Christian fundamentalist to humanist.
"I want to suggest that, first, the claim that the Bible is divinely inspired is spurious; second, that it is pernicious; and, third, that it is moot. The Bible and our study of it will be better off without that claim."
The Psychology of Biblicism (2001) (Off Site)
"If one wishes to get anywhere reasoning with fundamentalists and biblicists, I suggest one try to determine the emotional issues that attach believers to their beliefs. The beliefs themselves are, I think, a function of certain psychological needs that would be better met in other ways. But until those psychological needs are identified and met in other ways, we will have no way of getting believers to budge from their beliefs, and we might not even have the right to do so."
A dictionary article explaining the concept of resurrection.
Review of Gary R. Habermas's "The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus" (n.d.) (Off Site)
Review of The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright (2004) (Off Site)
Review of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2004) (Off Site)