In comments on my post regarding Koppel’s panel and then on his own blog “DaNutz” Mike Leaptrott expresses his appreciate for The Lost Tomb of Jesus and his dislike of The Critical Look panel discussion that Ted Koppel led. I thought I would post here (instead of in the comments where it can get lost) my response triggered by his last comment. Mike said,
I agree that one side of this argument is looking for hard evidence and rational debate while the other side is asking its audience to make huge assumptions about grand theories with no evidence. Ted Koppel and the panel of Christian experts gave Christianity a black eye tonight.
Aside from the fact that in his concluding comments Koppel implied his own agnosticism (if not atheism), I think that the panel was, in fact, a refreshing high point for Christians in a age of internal rancor.
To the left of Judy Fentriss-Williams were two men whose Christian traditions would not let her be ordained (btw, I do not know that she is ordained, in fact, I suspect she is not, but she is a fine OT scholar). Bock, or at least Dallas Theological Seminary, rarely has affirming things to say about Catholic teachings and practices. And yet all three were not only there and engaging in a well-mannered discourse with Tabor and Jacobovici but they even agreed upon the centrality of a bodily resurrection!
In the current spiritual/political environment of US churches (Ted Haggard, Episcopal Church stuff, Catholic priests scandals) last night was a rare, and pleasant sight.