Puritan Board Sophomore
I have an atheist co-worker who is somewhat versed in textual criticism and I wanted to get a better grasp of the subject than I have. First off, are there any modern secular scholars that back any of the authorships of the NT books besides those written by Paul. It always seems they back Paul only to pit him against Christ. If there are could you give me some names that I may do some research on their writings. The reason I ask is that if I can bring up a few secular scholars I might be able to get his attention at least enough to get him to listen a little more. The conversation is really cordial, but right now he just is throwing out question after question without really waiting for an answer before he throws out the next question. I have brought that to his attention and so far have done fairly well engaging him based on his statement that he annihilates most Christians or at least causes them to give up pretty quickly. Much of the conversation on my part has been spent on correcting his understanding of Scripture - God, Christ, Man, Sin, Covenants- without getting to deal with much of the actual textual criticism, authorship, contradictions, etc. We have laughed a lot in our conversation which is good. He said that he will have more questions for me on Monday.