Monday, December 13, 2010

Historian Interview: Paul L. Maier

Today's interview is with Paul L. Maier, the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. He talks about his background as an historian, the existence of Jesus, his debate with Dan Barker, the pagan myth accusation, ancient sources for the life of Jesus, the historicity of the first Christmas, and more.

Full Interview MP3 Audio here (47 min).

Dr. Maier's books include:
• Eusebius: The Church History
• In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church
• The Flames of Rome: A Novel
• The Very First Christmas



okiecatholic81 said...

Good interview. Here we have a sincere, level headed academic who is confident about his faith because it is reasonable. Christianity is attacked by a whole host of ideas which are effective not because they are accurate, but because they make a big splash. Maier's apologetic is an appeal to common sense historiography, not some ingenious new conspiracy theory. Anti-Christian sentiment and aggressive atheism are mainstream now, Satan has his cards on the table; its Maier's clear thinking and logic that is the antidote.

Anonymous said...

Great interview! It was really nice to hear someone with his credentials lay out everything so clearly and concisely.

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