Concluding his research, he wrote in his work, Redating the New Testament that past scholarship was based on a "tyranny of unexamined assumptions" and an "almost willful blindness". Dodd, in a frank letter to Robinson wrote: "I should agree with you that much of the late dating is quite arbitrary, even wanton, the offspring not of any argument that can be presented, but rather of the critic's prejudice that, if he appears to assent to the traditional position of the early church, he will be thought no better than a stick-in-the-mud." Robinson's call for redating the New Testament was echoed by subsequent scholarship such as John Wenham's work Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke: A Fresh Assault on the Synoptic Problem.
Robinson concluded that New Testament was written before AD 64, partly based on his judgement that there is little textual evidence that the New Testament reflects knowledge of the Temple's AD 70 destruction. Other subsequent works calling for redating of some or all of the gospels were written by such scholars as Claude Tresmontant, Gunther Zuntz, Carsten Peter Thiede, Eta Linnemann, Harold Riley, Bernard Orchard.
Robinson proposed abandoning the notion of a God "out there", existing somewhere out in the universe as a "Cosmic supremo," just as we have abandoned already the idea of God "up there", the notion of the old man up in the sky.
In its place, he offered a reinterpretation of God, whom he defined as Love, spelled with a capital L (Robinson, 1963a, pp. After endorsing Paul Tillich's assertion that God is the "Ground of all being" (ibid., p.
Although Robinson was firmly within the camp of liberal theology, he did challenge the work of colleagues in the field of exegetical criticism.
The writers created the events contained, rather than reported them.
In relation to the four gospels dates of authorship, according to Norman Geisler, "Robinson places Matthew at 40 to after 60, Mark at about 45 to 60, Luke at before 57 to after 60, and John at from 40 to after 65." Robinson went on to state that the book of James was penned by a brother of the Jesus Christ within twenty years of Jesus’ death, that Paul authored all the books that bear his name, and that John, the apostle, wrote the fourth Gospel. Robinson believed the result of his investigations argued for the rewriting of many theologies of the New Testament. Robinson was also famous for his 1960 court testimony against the censorship of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Two books have been written about Dr Robinson: A life of Bishop John A. Robinson: Scholar, pastor, prophet by Eric James and The Roots of Christian Freedom: The Theology of John A.
He mentions the hundreds of eyewitnesses who could verify the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6).
Paul rests the truth of Christianity on the historicity of the resurrection (1 Corinthians -19).