The three major presuppositions of the Jesus Seminar: 1. Scientific Naturalism (i.e., anything outside the realm of natural explanation can never be backed by historical evidence). 2. The primacy of the apocryphal gospels. 3. The necessity of a politically correct Jesus.
William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, explains why understanding presuppositions is important: “What is a presupposition? A presupposition is an assumption you make prior to looking at the evidence. Presuppositions are crucial because they determine how you interpret the evidence.” In other words, the Jesus Seminar had their answer before they even began their research. That’s not proper methodology at all! Such methodology inevitably leads to a twisted distortion of the New Testament, academics, and research. Specifically, in the case of the Jesus Seminar, it leads to as many Jesus’ (Jesi?) as their are “fellows” and each Jesus ends up looking just like his “researcher.”