When my first book went out of print, the rights reverted to me so now I can do whatever I want with it. I’ve so far decided against self-publishing it, but after blogging so much about William Lane Craig’s dishonesty, I’ve decided it would be helpful to publish one chapter as a free PDF. The chapter is titled “The Pace of Legendary Development.”
A couple people have told me this was their favorite part of the book, especially the first six pages, where I document how Christian apologists have misused the work of A. N. Sherwin-White to claim the Gospels could not possibly be legends.
This particular bit of apologetics is actually one of the things that got me into writing about Christian apologetics. My first real encounter with Christian apologetics was finding a copy of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ in my church’s library as a teenager. Strobel’s claims about Sherwin-White (which he got from William Lane Craig) really stuck with me. I was already inclined to be skeptical of miracles, but also thought, “wow, how do you explain that?”
Well, my freshmen year of college, when I had access to a full-blown university research library, I got a copy of Sherwin-White’s book and found out the “explanation” was that Strobel’s claims about him simply weren’t true. Strobel’s claims are really so inaccurate that I think the charitable assumption is that Strobel never read Sherwin-White, and was mislead by Craig (whose claims are somewhat less inaccurate, to the point where you can say they’re merely misleading.)
At any rate, I was mad about having been fooled and wanted the world to know about it. Hence one (though not the only) motivation for writing my book. It was also when I first began to suspect Craig of dishonesty, though it would be a few more years before I became really confident that Craig’s many misleading statements are intentional.
P.S. – If you read the chapter, you may only want to read the first six pages. Everything beyond that feels like a massive exercise in overkill when I re-read it now. The same is true of the book generally, which is why I’m reluctant to reprint it. But the full 20-page chapter is there to read if you’re curious.