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Robert M. Price was reared a fundamentalist and became president of a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and for a time was an apologist of the sort he refuted in Beyond born Again, Deconstructing Jesus, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, and Jesus Is Dead. He holds a PhD in Systematic Theology and a second PhD in New Testament from Drew University. He has served as Professor of Religion at Mount Olive College in North Carolina and is a member of The Jesus Seminar and The Jesus Project.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: American Atheist Press (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578840058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578840052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Price (Selma, NC), professor of scriptural studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is the editor (with Jeffery Jay Lowder) of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave and the Journal of Higher Criticism. He is also the author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms; The Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind; The Reason-Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For? and many other works.

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94 of 119 people found the following review helpful By The Librarian on September 18, 2011
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I feel a bit odd writing a review of Robert Price's book. After all Robert Price's book is basically a review of Lee Strobel's book, so what I'm writing here is essentially a book review of a book review.

At any rate, here it goes:

It's actually quite a good and well researched book; however it takes longer to read through it than the average 258 page book because of Price's writing style. You see when Lee Strobel wrote his book, "The Case for Christ" it was a feel good book that was short on facts and long on fluff. It was easy to digest because there wasn't much there for your brain to do. It was rather a lot like watching a Saturday morning cartoon.

Reading Robert Price's book is a lot more like sitting in a university classroom and listening to a lecture by a highly respected university professor. Every page is filled with well researched facts and scholarly detail. Robert Price quite obviously put A LOT of work into writing this book. He takes every feel-good talking point that Strobel's Christian apologists used in "The Case for Christ" and he uses careful research, analysis and cold hard facts to tear the Christian talking points to shreds.

An excellent example of this is on pages 127-128:

"McRay is like the Hebrews enslaved by Pharaoh, only he is enslaved to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. If the Hebrews had to make bricks without straw, McRay is grasping at straws without straw. This ancient decree is much too weak a reed to pull him out of the quicksand. Can he really not see the difference between what Gaius Vibius Maximus commands and what Luke describes?
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177 of 234 people found the following review helpful By John W. Loftus VINE VOICE on May 18, 2010
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This book incinerates Lee Strobel's book along with the evangelical apologists he interviews, including Craig L. Blomberg, Gregory Boyd, Ben Witherington III, D.A. Carson, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, J.P. Moreland, and others. However, I doubt many of the people who read Strobel's book will read Price's book, not the least of which because understanding Price might demand a better understanding of the issues than the cream puff book Strobel wrote for the average person in the pew, but also because Price seems so disgusted with evangelical apologists at this point in his career he can't hide it.

But that doesn't bother Bob, since by now he knows they aren't listening anyway, like the proverbial Three Wise Monkeys, except that only the middle monkey is left who "hears no evil," which is the so-called "evil" coming from skeptics like him. It seems to me he's given up trying to reach across the divide, at least in this book anyway. He's made all of these arguments before ad nauseam and yet these apologists keep on down the road just like the Emperor who had no clothes on, willingly ignorant that they are naked. So why bother trying again? They haven't listened, really listened, to what he's repeatedly said before anyway.

Bob is preaching to the choir for the most part, or at least people willing to learn. But what a wonderful sermon it is! It'll make you laugh as well as think, which is what a good sermon ought to do. Too bad these apologists can only make us laugh--at themselves. Price makes the case against Strobel's case in such a convincing manner that these apologists must be willfully ignorant. Bob repeatedly makes the distinction between historians and apologists. A historian wants to know what happened. The apologist doesn't care what happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Ryan Covington on February 3, 2015
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Price swiftly and with ease demolishes a number of Strobel's arguments, and in ways that are often surprisingly novel. For instance, he documents that some of our canonical gospels seem to have been given different attributions in ancient times, which undercuts the apologetic argument that we can be sure of who wrote them because our manuscripts always carry the same name.

There were, however, a few places where I disagree with Price. For example: Price thinks that 1 Corinthians 15:3-11 is an interpolation. I have suspicions about this passage too: why are 'apostles' and the '12' listed as separate groups? Didn't the twelve become that group known as the apostles? Why does no other early Christian literature mention the appearance to the 500? Very strange. However, I think the best argumentative strategy (when you're talking to a defender of the faith) is probably to assume that this passage is authentic and work from there. Because even granting the reality of these passages doesn't secure the apologetic for the resurrection. I talk about why in my book "Extraordinary Claims, Extraordinary Evidence and the Resurrection of Jesus."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rus on June 22, 2014
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Found this book takes a lot of focus and can be difficult to read. The author does seen to be thorough but the casual reader will get lost fairly easily. Seems to target those who already are somewhat familiar on the subject.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Knight-Jadczyk on February 16, 2015
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I wholeheartedly agree with a previous reviewer that reading Robert Price's work is like sitting in a university classroom and getting a SERIOUS eduction on Biblical scholarship from lower, textual criticism, to higher form and historical criticism. You just have to LOVE Price for the efforts he puts forth to truly empower the reader with knowledge. If you haven't read his other works, especially "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man" and "The Amazing Colossal Apostle", they, too are highly recommended.

I would like to add a few things to other excellent review that occurred to me as I read this book. Obviously, Prof. Price does not suffer fools gladly; just as obviously, he wishes to make sure that innocent, gullible people are not taken advantage of by the snake-oil salesmen he exposes in his total body of work, including face-to-face debates. That being said, I think that some might be put off by this passion and the occasional over-the-top acidity that spills from Price's pen (or keyboard, as the case may be). Price is clearly passionate about Truth and, in this sense, he actually reminds me of the Apostle Paul in character. His emotional investment in the work he does is clear and you just have to love someone who cares that much.

I have to say I almost fell out of my chair at the end of Chapter Six, facetiously entitled: "A Butt Load of Evidence". Now there's a double (even triple) entendre if ever there was one! You have to read it to really appreciate it! The upshot of it all is (no double entendre or pun intended by me!) is Price's remarks about the very odd combination of homophobia and homoerotica prevalent among fundamentalist Christians.
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