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Peter S. Williams

Peter S. Williams (www.peterswilliams.com) studied philosophy at Cardiff University (BA), Sheffield University (MA), and the University of East Anglia in Norwich (MPhil). Peter is Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, NLA University, Norway. His publications include A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism (Paternoster, 2009), Understanding Jesus: Five Ways to Spiritual Enlightenment (Paternoster, 2011), C.S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists (Paternoster, 2013), A Faithful Guide to Philosophy (Paternoster, 2013) and Getting at Jesus: A Comprehensive Critique of Neo-Atheist Nonsense About the Jesus of History (Wypf & Stock, 2018).

 

Workshops


Archaeological Evidence and Jesus

We live in an age of uninformed scepticism about Jesus. This talk will show how the physical discoveries of archaeology undermine common misconceptions about the existence of Jesus, the historical reliability of the Gospels, the historical credentials of central Christian beliefs such as the crucifixion, burial, and empty tomb of Jesus, and the existence of people who believed Jesus was God long before the 4th century church council of Nicea.

 

Learning About Jesus with the New Atheists

What, if anything, do the ‘New-Atheists’ (Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitches, etc.) get right about the quest for the historical Jesus? Despite the dogmatic skepticism about the historical Jesus that characterizes the New Atheism, individual neo-atheists admit one or more significant points of historical method and/or historical fact that, when taken together, jointly constitute the core elements in the case for thinking that the historical Jesus is the figure Christianity takes him to be.

 

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