Interesting that William Lane Craig quotes the late Robert Funk, one of the co-founders of the Jesus Seminar. Robert Funk had a lot of anger at Christians who really believed the Bible, and got really angry at Dr. James White over the phone years ago in an informal radio debate, and hung up on him.
Robert Funk, the skeptic liberal scholar said, that Jesus’ crucifixion is “the one undeniable fact of Jesus”.
What is really interesting is that Robert Funk, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Bart Ehrman, John Shelby Spong, and most all liberal scholars who reject the miracles of the Bible, do believe that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in history, under the instigation of the chief priests and leaders of Israel and Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. There are a very few individuals who are Biblical scholars that deny Jesus ever existed, maybe Robert Price is one of the few in that category.
See Dr. White’s debate with John Dominic Crossan here;
Yet Islam believes in the miracles of Jesus and His birth from the virgin Mary, yet deny the real established history of the crucifixion of Jesus. Amazing. That denial is only in one verse in the Qur’an. (Surah 4:157)
Below is a longer video of David Wood fleshing out what this denial of the crucifixion really means. According to Islam, it means that Allah deceived all the Christians and started the whole Christian religion which lead to the whole Roman Empire being converted to Christianity. The Qur’an confesses that the followers of Jesus became the uppermost, the most dominant and manifestly numerous. (Surah 3:54-55; 61:14) Allah is called “the very best deceiver” several times in the Qur’an. “Allah is the very best deceiver” – (Qur’an 3:54; 8:30; see also 10:22)
This word for deceiver, (Makara, from “makr” = deception) is not translated correctly by most English translations of the Qur’an. It is usually translated as “plotting” or “planning”, but it clearly means “deception”, “scheming”, “trickery”, “guile”.