Can We Trust the Gospels? Interview with Author Peter Williams

by Sean McDowell

Peter J. Williams is on the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University. He has written an excellent new book called Can We Trust the Gospels? John Lennox calls the book “a masterly presentation of a cumulative case” for Jesus. It is written for skeptics, believers, and scholars. The book officially releases November 30, but you can pre-order it now.

Dr. Williams was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about the evidence for the Gospels and his new book. Enjoy!

SEAN MCDOWELL: You have a book coming out soon called Can We Trust the Gospels? What motivated you to write it?

PETER WILLIAMS: I’ve been speaking about the subject for over 20 years and tested the content on many audiences in various countries. People kept asking me when I was going to write it down, but I’ve been busy and also felt that the material improved every time I got feedback. So, I delayed writing it down till now, when I think it’s time.

MCDOWELL: What makes your book unique compared to other books defending the reliability of the Gospels?

WILLIAMS: There are lots of great books on the subject. My book is aimed at a thinking audience which may know absolutely nothing about the Gospels. I’ve therefore tried not to take knowledge for granted, but also haven’t introduced any scholarship into the book merely for its own sake. I wanted to stick to the bare essentials of how we reasonably know what we know…

Can We Trust the Gospels? Interview with Author Peter Williams