Oral Traditions of the New Testament
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02-11-2012, 11:23 AM
Oral Traditions of the New Testament
As of late I found myself listening to an old debate between
William Lane Craig and Bart Ehrman.

WLC is in full repeat mode in this debate. But I noticed he
takes on the argument of “Integrity of
Oral Traditions” much like Strobel did in his book “The Case for Christ”.

Oddly I have also started reading my copy of “Forged” too…which
was not planned to happen at the same time.

So, here is my ponderings I have for other Atheists in the

They hold Oral Traditions to such high regard. Even going as
far as to say those people WERE illiterate and ORAL was ‘where it was at’…they
treated oral stories with reverence and accuracy.

OK…that’s a good argument (lets pretend) then what does that
say about The Sayings of Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas, The gospel of Mary Madeline
and all the other Gnostics? Many of them were proven to be lies and forgeries…so
what does that say about early oral tradition? Am I making sense?

If Mark was correctly written down from Oral Tradition then why
are the other books from oral tradition not also included? They were good
enough to study back in the day. To me this flies in the face of the Oral
Tradition argument.

What am I missing here? Why is the cannon’s oral traditions
held sacred but the Gnostics held with contempt..and why don’t good debaters
use this as a counter argument to the Integrity of Oral Tradition?

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Oral Traditions of the New Testament - Denicio - 02-11-2012 11:23 AM
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