I participated in a questions panel on June 14th 2018 as part of Highfield Church's mission week.
The evening was introduced by Tim Billington. Our chair person was Elnor Spearing.
The pannelists were: Nick Pollard, Peter May, Peter S. Williams, David Torrance, Keith Fox and Trisha Williams.
European Leadership Forum 2018: ‘Defending an Early High Christology from Archaeology and New Testament Letters (with special reference to the Epistle of James)’
My afternoon workshop at the European Leadership Forum 2018 on 'Defending an Early High Christology from Archaeology and New Testament Letters (with special reference to the Epistle of James).' The idea that Jesus was divine was not invented at the Council of Nicea in the fourth century (a claim one can disprove from archaeological finds alone), nor was it a second century idea that seeped into Christianity from pagan mythology. Rather, it was an idea that burst upon the first century religious landscape amongst the eyewitness generation of Jewish followers of Jesus, as shown by the multiple independent witness of the first century New Testament letters and the early sources they quote. I pay particular attention to the Epistle of James, arguing that a) it pre-dates the Jewish war and could be as early as c. 45 A.D, b) that whoever wrote it was a Jew writing to Jews, c) that it was probably written by James the (half) brother of Jesus - a man who'd formerly been sceptical about Jesus' claims, and that the best explanation of this data given Jesus' embarrassing crucifixion is that Jesus himself laid claim to divinity and rose from the dead in evidence of this claim.
Sermon from the 11 am service at Highfield Church Southampton, 8th April 2018.
Talk with Q&A from the Reality 3:16 residential weekend in Northern Ireland, 17th March 2018.
Sermon on the Lord's Prayer in Matthew's Gospel delivered at Portrush Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland (http://www.portrushpresbyterian.org), 18th March 2018.
Debate: Does God Exist? Peter S. Williams vs. Einar Bohn at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim
A debate on the existence of God between myself and Norwegian philosopher Dr Einar Duenger Bohn from the University of Agder, held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, 7th March 2018.
Talk with Q&A from Trondheim Universtiy's 'Skeptics Week', 8th March 2018.