A professional skeptic and lifelong Christian, author and columnist Robert J. Hutchinson studied philosophy as an undergraduate, moved to Israel to learn Hebrew, and earned a graduate degree in theology. He is the author of numerous books of travel and popular history including The Dawn of Christianity (2017), Searching for Jesus (2015), When in Rome (1998) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible (2008). Hutchinson writes primarily about recent developments in Biblical studies and archaeology, cultural conflicts in U.S. society, and philosophy.
In his recent books, Hutchinson demonstrates that recent discoveries in archaeology and New Testament studies are challenging many of the older ideas about Jesus of Nazareth and early Christianity that have dominated academic scholarship for more than a century. He claims that these older ideas – for example, that Jesus believed the world would end in his lifetime or that he was really a violent revolutionary – have been largely set aside by top secular scholars working in the world’s best universities.
Instead, Hutchinson says, the evidence increasingly shows that Jesus of Nazareth was very close to being just as the Gospels describe him: a fiery, courageous, charismatic populist who drew crowds by the tens of thousands and electrified all of Israel with his strange and exhilarating announcement of God’s kingdom in their midst. Hutchinson’s even-handed and fair approach to these scholarly controversies has been widely praised by both religious and secular experts, including N.T. Wright, Craig Evans, Rodney Stark, Darrell Bock, Michael Bird, James Tabor and James Crossley.
In addition to his research on Jesus of Nazareth, Hutchinson claims that the unusual philosophical ideas found in the Bible provided the intellectual foundation for western civilization and the development of experimental science... and argues that much-maligned Biblical laws actually paved the way for limited government and the recognition of universal human rights.
For the past 30 years, Hutchinson has worked as a full-time professional writer, contributing essays and syndicated columns to such conservative outlets as Fox News, Christianity Today and Human Events. An avid traveler, Hutchinson is also the former managing editor of Hawaii Magazine and the former Hawaii Bureau Chief for The Hollywood Reporter. He lectures on nonfiction writing techniques at business seminars and writing conferences in Europe and the United States.
Hutchinson describes himself as “an enthusiastic if not very successful student of foreign languages,” and says he speaks a little Hebrew and French, beginning German and “ten words of Greek.” He lives with his wife and five children in a small seaside village on the west coast. He blogs occasionally at www.RobertHutchinson.com.
Praise for Searching for Jesus:
"This entertaining book, setting its scenes with plenty of local color, demonstrates just how far the modern skepticism about Jesus has overreached itself. " - N. T. Wright, Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
"For most of those involved in the modern 'search for the historic Jesus,' it was really a search to debunk the Biblical Jesus. But, as Robert Hutchinson demonstrates in this charming book, their efforts were not up to that task -- the 'new' evidence turns out to be more compatible with the Biblical account." -- Rodney Stark, Ph.D., author of The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World's Largest Religion and co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University
"Searching for Jesus offers the reader a readable and accessible overview to the complex field of biblical studies, archaeology, and history related to the life of Jesus. " - James D. Tabor, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte