do not have to look far to find someone saying something nasty about the Jesus
Seminar, from pulpits, in print or on the internet. The Seminar has no desire
to dignify such abuse with counterattack. The critiques selected here are
those that raise substantive issues that merit an intelligent response.
Jesus Puzzle: Was There No Historical Jesus? -- Earl Doherty
posts essays in radical historical criticism arguing that Jesus never
existed; pages include a review
of R. W. Funk's Honest to Jesus.
Gospel according to the Jesus Seminar --
Birger A. Pearson's 1995 critical review of The Five Gospels calls
the Jesus Seminar for faulty historiography for ascribing eschatological
materials to sources other than Jesus while failing to recognize the
eschatology implicit in sayings it recognized as genuine & claims the
Seminar produced a non-Jewish secularized image of Jesus. (Expanded
version of article printed in Religion 25, pp. 317-338).
Corrected Jesus -- Richard B. Hays 1994
critical review of The Five Gospels faults the "attempt to
assess the authenticity of Jesus' sayings in isolation from a more
comprehensive reconstruction of the events of his life, ministry, and
death" as "methodologically problematic" (First Things
43; posted 12/6/96).
Gospels According to Luke
-- summary of L. T. Johnson's critique of Jesus Seminar in The Real Jesus
with reaction from fellow Emory scholar and JS Fellow Vernon Robbins
(Emory Magazine Fall/96).
Seminar Under Fire -- twice updated
transcript of Gregory Koukl's flamboyant 1995 diatribe from the radio show
ironically entitled, "Stand to Reason."
- This page was revised
06 April 2008