In full support of my friend and fellow apologist Mikel Del Rosario (AKA Apologetics Guy), I’ve reviewed two lectures that he is selling on his website, http://www.apologeticsguy.com/, that were given by Dr. Craig Hazen at a Christian apologetics conference. These lectures are being sold for $1.99/each. I would strongly encourage everyone to consider purchasing these lectures as they contain valuable information for a deeper insight into the Christian worldview and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The two lectures I reviewed are titled, “The Certainty of Christ in an Age of Unbelief” and “The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus”. I’ve included them below along with their respective URLs.
“The Certainty of Christ in an Age of Unbelief” – Review
This topic is very important in a modern day secular society because many skeptics are under the false impression that NO faith is founded in any objective evidence. While this may be the impression among society, Dr. Hazen is acutely in tune with the fact that it is a completely invalid assertion without any evidential basis.
Dr. Hazen has earned his doctorate from the University of California in religious studies. That essentially means that he has a vast amount of knowledge on Christianity as well most other religions around the globe. His knowledge on topics of religion contains the solid foundation of scholarship necessary to validate the claim that you can be “certain of Christ in an age of unbelief”.
While the lecture was entertaining and comical, Dr. Hazen has a passion for Christ that is exemplified through his delivery and speech. It shows that he loves Christ and that he has spent his entire life examining this subject matter in order to know Christ at a deeper level. When he was reflecting on the solid evidence for Christianity, he said, “I can’t NOT believe in God”. His certainty in the fact that Jesus Christ existed, died, and resurrected for our sins is without dispute. However, he doesn’t do so on blind faith. He gives the reasons for how Christians can know with certainty that Christianity is the right answer that makes the best sense out of the information that we have today.
In conclusion, I would encourage anyone to listen to this lecture from Dr. Hazen because he provides a perspective that is rather unique because he is speaking from a “world religions” perspective. He has investigated religion thoroughly and has the qualifications necessary to make a reliable judgment on their historicity. In addition, I’d like to make a note for those on a spiritual journey; this lecture is particularly aimed at you. Personally, Dr. Hazen is the guy I would want to sit down and speak with if I was an individual searching for Christ.
“Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus” – Review
Dr. Hazen tells stories of his past experiences in dealing with secular students and how they react once presented with objective evidence of the resurrection hypothesis. He told a story about giving a lecture on the evidence for the resurrection of Christ to UCLA medical students that was hysterical. His delivery is impeccable. However, more importantly, he described how receptive these medical students were to hearing the evidentially based argument for the resurrection.
Dr. Hazen highlights why this topic is so important by having us view 1 Corinthians 15, “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith”. Our faith is useless without the resurrection of Jesus.