Index: The Argument from Silence

The purpose this post is to provide an index for all of my Secular Outpost articles regarding the argument from silence.

Part 1: The Bayesian Interpretation: the logical form of an explanatory argument from silence
Part 2: Peter Kirby’s First Argument from Silence Against the Empty Tomb“: a formal analysis and critique of Kirby’s argument based upon the (alleged) silence of early Christian sources (other than the canonical gospels) regarding the empty tomb
Part 3: Peter Kirby’s Second Argument from Silence Against the Empty Tomb“:  a formal analysis and critique of Kirby’s argument based upon the absence of evidence that Christians venerated Jesus’ burial place
Part 4: Absence of Denials of Jesus’ Historicity as Evidence for Jesus’ Historicity“: formal statement and defense of an argument for the historicity of Jesus based upon the absence of evidence that anyone in the first two centuries, including opponents of Christianity, denied historicity.
Part 5: W.L. Craig on Absence Competing Burial Traditions as Evidence for the pre-Markan Burial Tradition“:  a formal analysis and critique of William Lane Craig’s argument from silence for the pre-Markan burial tradition
Part 6: Uta Ranke-Heinemann on Paul’s Silence about the Empty Tomb“: a formal analysis and critique of Uta Ranke-Heinemann’s argument that Paul’s silence about the empty tomb proves there was no empty tomb.
Part 7: Victor Stenger on the Absence of Scientific Evidence for God“: a critique of Victor Stenger’s appeal to the Lack of Evidence Argument (LEA) for atheism.
Part 8: The Missing Links Argument against Biological Evolution“: a critique of the popular anti-evolution argument based on missing transitional fossils

Related Resources“: contains a bibliography of academic resources and links to select blog posts about arguments from silence

About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.


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