It’s our pleasure to revisit this program with Ed Vitagliano talking about his booklet, The Progressive Threat, available in our on-line store and John Dickson, author of The Doubter’s Guide to Jesus. These were particularly good programs with topics well worth hearing again.
This is an introduction to the major portraits of Jesus found in the earliest historical sources. Portraits, because our best information points not to a tidy, monolithic Jesus, but to a complex, multi-layered and, at times, contradictory figure. While some might be troubled by this, others are invigorated, inspired, and see these descriptions as only fitting to the one and only God-man.
John Dickson has been a singer/songwriter, Christian band member, and is an historian and founder of The Centre for Public Christianity. After completing his PhD in Ancient History at Macquarie University and several years as an Honorary Associate of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie, he received Honorary Fellow status in 2010. He has taught Advanced Topics in Ancient History and Early Christianity Historiography, semester-long courses for the Master’s program at Macquarie University. Since (2001) focusing on the birth of Christianity in its Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts.