Chris Distefano on Joe Rogan's show.

Comedian Chris Distefano Recommends ‘The Case for Christ’ to Joe Rogan, Argues Jesus Rose From the Dead

Comedian Chris Distefano recommended Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ” to podcast host and fellow comedian Joe Rogan while trying to convince Rogan that Jesus rose from the dead.

“I was like, wow, this guy [Lee Strobel] is putting forth very compelling arguments for not only Jesus’ existence but his actual works being real,” said Distefano on a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” [Editor’s note: This video contains language some viewers might find offensive]. “Like this all being f*** pretty real and pretty historically accurate. And I was like, ‘Oh, s.***’”

Chris Distefano: 500 People Saw Jesus Alive Again

Joe Rogan, a comedian and UFC color commentator, is also the host of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” one of the world’s most popular podcasts. Episodes of his podcast reportedly earn around $800,000 each and were receiving about 11 million listens per episode in 2022, according to TechCrunch.

Chris Distefano launched his entertainment career on MTV’s “Guy Code” and “Girl Code.” He released his first comedy special, “Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist,” in 2019, followed by “Speshy Weshy” in 2022.

In a recent conversation with Rogan, Distefano discussed anxiety and the benefits of being creative. Rogan shared his belief that creating rather than consuming can enhance overall well-being.

Distefano spoke about experiencing “Catholic guilt,” a feeling that if he feels good about himself, something bad will happen. He mentioned reading “The Case for Christ,” a book Rogan hadn’t read. Distefano, who was raised Catholic, became angry with the religion after news of sexual abuse in the church emerged. Initially reluctant to baptize his children, he eventually did.

Reading “The Case for Christ” led Distefano to return to church, where he felt a sense of calm and connection. Rogan advised him to trust his own judgment and uphold his values.

Their conversation veered into discussing the historical reliability of the gospels. Distefano argued that while people readily accept the historical existence of Alexander the Great, some question Jesus’s existence because the gospels were written 100 years after his life.

He emphasized that Hebrew culture highly valued oral transmission of knowledge, which ensured careful fact-checking, akin to a well-regulated game of telephone.

Rogan remained skeptical, suggesting that such reasoning could be a form of confirmation bias. He questioned the original sources of these oral traditions and who decided on the initial words.

Distefano cited Jesus’s death and resurrection as critical evidence for the gospels’ accuracy, noting that all groups agreed Jesus died.

He explained that the Bible’s account of water from Jesus’s side was actually fluid from his lungs, indicating death. Distefano also mentioned that Jesus’s tomb was found empty, and 500 people reportedly saw him alive afterwards, as written in 1 Corinthians 15.

Rogan challenged this, proposing that the simplest explanation could be that someone took Jesus’s body rather than a resurrection.

Distefano acknowledged his skepticism but argued that historical scholars, both religious and secular, agree on certain events’ existence.

Rogan countered with the idea that ancient people had a mythological worldview and limited scientific understanding, suggesting mass hallucination as a plausible explanation for the sightings of Jesus post-death.