BeliefMap is an advanced debate simulator for exploring these questions and all the sub-questions between them. Start by clicking one of the claims in the menu on the left. It will procedurally branch out academic evidences for it and counter-evidences. These can in turn be clicked on, allowing users to quickly drill down into complex debates. Doing so makes for a fun interactive “choose you own path” debate between green (the affirmative Christian view) and red (the objector's). More detailed information for each conversation step loads on the right. There are over 1,000 forking back-and-forth responses to explore, and the loaded information includes thousands of academic quotes. And the catalogue is growing.
• Mark Allen Powell (NT professor at Trinity Lutheran, a founding editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus): “A hundred and fifty years ago a fairly well respected scholar named Bruno Bauer maintained that the historical Jesus never existed. Anyone who says that today – in the academic world at least – gets grouped with the skinheads who say there was no Holocaust and the scientific holdouts who want to believe the world is flat.” [Jesus as a Figure in History (Westminster, 1998), 168.]
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