I've been posting these links on facebook and Twitter, so I'll post them here. These are helpful audio links for people interested in the reliability of the gospels and the nature of what they are as history.
Is the NT reliable? Are the accounts of Jesus in the Gospels fiction or reliable?
If you are looking for a good introduction to the issues Tim Keller has an introduction to the issue that you can listen to here:
This is a good popular level introduction at a level an astute high school student could listen to. In typical Keller fashion, he weaves in Tolkein and Lewis too. It is about 40 minutes and does not say all that can be said. It is a pastoral introduction. It lays out some of the main points for evidence but doesn't go too deep rather it addresses the listener in a personal way. It is a good place to start but not a place to end.
In the beginning Keller references Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses.
You can find 4 lectures Bauckham just gave at SBTS. Here:
There are video and audio links. You can watch/listen on the site or download them.
(I watched the first one when it was streamed online but now you can download them all). These are bit more technical and jumps into the field--but if you wrestle with the issue, or you know people who do these types of resources are a good place to start. Bauckham's first lecture gets into the nature of the genre of the Gospels. He bridges the gap between two important works in the field. Very helpful, although again, it is a bit technical and it is certainly an academic lecture.
Can We Trust the Gospels? by Mark Roberts.
Richard Bauckham Jesus and the Eyewitnesses.
The Jesus Legend by Eddy and Boyd.
Leave a comment on the post if your interested in more resources. Much more could be said.