First Topic – Jesus and the Eyewitnesses
In Jesus and the Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham argues that the four Gospels are closely based on eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus. He challenges the prevailing assumption that the accounts of Jesus circulated as "anonymous community traditions," asserting instead that they were transmitted in the name of the original eyewitnesses. To drive home this controversial point, Bauckham draws on internal literary evidence, study of personal names in the first century, and recent developments in the understanding of oral traditions. We look at the Gospels as eyewitness testimony.
Second Topic – Debate: Is The Iraq War A “Just War”?
The United States' war against terrorism and subsequent war against Iraq has provoked much discussion and reflection among Catholics. Although sharply divided, most argued for or against the war on the basis of the Catholic just war tradition. A minority of pacifists have argued that the devastation caused by modern weapons of war have rendered any discussion of a "just war" illegitimate. On this 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, we debate the war I Iraq from a Catholic perspective. Russell Shaw and Robert Reilly our guests. A just war or crime against humanity?