Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 9

A key claim made by Christian apologists who defend the resurrection goes like this:(JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first Easter Sunday.We are considering the implications of the following supposition:4. (JAW) is false.On this supposition, there are three logical possibilities:A. Jesus was not alive on the first Easter Sunday.B. Jesus was alive on the first Easter Sunday but did not walk at all that day.C. Jesus was alive on the … [Read more...]

The Old “You’d Have to be God to Know There is No God” Objection

Layman at Answers in Genesis repeats the myth that atheism is self-refuting because it requires knowledge that only God could have. In his words:To say there is no God is to say you have enough knowledge to know there is no God. But an atheist can never have enough knowledge to be certain there is no God. He would have to know everything, because if there is something outside his area of knowledge, that something could include God. An atheist would have to be everywhere in and out of the … [Read more...]

“The Argument from Reason”

A couple of comments on Reppert "The Argument from Reason" in Craig and Moreland (ed.) Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, 344-90. (I have a long list; I may post further comments later.)1. At 368, Reppert argues: If the reference of our terms is indeterminate, then this has the disastrous consequence that we cannot reason to conclusions.This is surely wrong. Reasoning can be purely formal. (If all flombs are bloops, and all bloops are shimbs, then all flombs are shimbs. The reasoning is … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 8

Consider the following claim:(JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first Easter Sunday.There are two logical possibilities concerning (JAW):3. Either (JAW) is true or it is not true.Of the two possibilities mentioned in (3), let's first consider the one that appears to favor skepticism about the resurrection:2. (JAW) is not true.If we suppose (2) to be correct, does that in fact favor or support a skeptical view of the resurrection of Jesus?One possibility is … [Read more...]

Blast from the Past: 10 Most Popular Posts from 2009

1. "Atheist Atrocities?"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2009/02/atheist-atrocities.html2. "The Constitutional Rights, Privileges, and Immunities of the American People"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2009/05/constitutional-rights-privileges-and.html3. "Stupid Philosopher Tricks"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2009/01/stupid-philosopher-tricks.html4. "Is It Possible to be a Muslim Atheist?"http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2009/03/is-it-possible-to-be-muslim-atheist.html5. "Russell vs. … [Read more...]

Worst Atheist Debaters

Like my list of "Best Atheist Debaters," I don't know of any way to be fully objective about this sort of thing. Also, like the other list, I fully recognize that others may disagree. Nevertheless, for what it's worth, here is my list of worst atheist debaters, organized by topic.Topic: God's ExistenceFlew, Antony (technically he doesn't belong on a list of atheists)Nielsen, KaiStein, GordonZindler, FrankTopic: Morality Without GodKurtz, Paul (for an example, see here)Taylor, RichardTopic: … [Read more...]

Atheistic Teleological Arguments, Part 5: Dawkins’s Ultimate Boeing 747 Gambit

A. The Argument FormulatedIn chapter 4 of his book The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins advances an argument for atheism he calls the "Ultimate Boeing 747 Gambit," in reference to Fred Hoyle's famous comment about a Boeing 747 arising by chance in a junkyard.[26] Just as Hoyle's argument appeals to the (alleged) improbability of evolution, Dawkins's argument appeals to the (alleged) improbability of God.Dawkins is not a philosopher writing for other philosophers; he is a biologist writing … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 7

I think the best way to make a case for my skeptical view of the resurrection, is to develop a dilemma, following the lead of the great Enlightenment skeptic David Hume.The main question at issue is: Did God raise Jesus from the dead? But at the crux of my skeptical argument will be the following claim:(JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first Easter Sunday.By 'the first Easter Sunday' I mean the Sunday immediately following the Friday of the Passover week when … [Read more...]


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