I Seem to be Thinking about Alex Rosenberg

Here are some preliminary thoughts about Alex Rosenberg's Atheist's Guide to Reality, particularly his claim that we do not think about things (hence the snarky title to this post). Sorry for the inordinate length. Once again, the writing is meant for the general, educated reader rather than the professional philosopher, though, naturally, I want to make sure that it is philosophically sound.Rosenberg freely embraces the label ‚Äúscientism," generally regarded as a pejorative term. His tone is … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 17

Does L, the special source used by the author of the Gospel of Luke, represent Jesus as a male descendant of the Hebrew people?Like Mark and Q, L uses masculine nouns, pronouns and verbs of Jesus:L 7:11b-15 "his disciples" "with him" "As he approached" "When the Lord saw her, he had compassion" "he came forward" "And he said" "He gave him" L 7:36-47 "asked him" "He went" "took his place" "he was eating" "his feet" "this man" "he would have known" "touching him" " 'Teacher' " "he … [Read more...]

Evil as an Argument for God

Consider the following argument by Alvin Plantinga:"The premise is that there is real and objectively horrifying evil in the world. Examples would be certain sorts of appalling evil characteristic of Nazi concentration camps: guards found pleasure in devising tortures, making mothers decide which of their children would go to the gas chambers and which would be spared; small children were hanged, dying (because of their light weight) a slow and agonizing death; victims were taunted with … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 16

Did Q represent Jesus as a male descendant of the Hebrew people?We have previously seen that both Mark and Q represent Jesus as a devout Jew, i.e. as a devout follower of the religion of Judaism. But someone can be Jewish in this sense of being an adherent of the Jewish faith without being a descendant of the Hebrew people.Q does represent Jesus as a male.First, the name 'Jesus' was a common name of Palestinian Jewish males in the first century, and 'Jesus' was NOT a common name of … [Read more...]

A Ten-Year Project – Part 2

Apologetics Topics 1

Before deciding what topics and issues to cover in my multi-volume critique of Christianity, I want to look over some lists of common topics in (a) Christian Apologetics, (b) Systematic Theology, and (c) Philosophy of Religion.I looked through the table of contents of a number of handbooks on Christian Apologetics to come up with a list of common topics:NOTE: WIAC = Why I am a Christian, edited by Geisler & HoffmanBased on this quick survey of a few handbooks of Christian … [Read more...]

A Ten-Year Project

I'm starting to build a plan for a ten-year project for myself. The goal will be to produce a multi-volume critique of Christianity, with a focus on Evangelical Christianity, but I would also like to touch on Catholic Christianity and Liberal Christian views.One objective would be for the critique to be systematic and comprehensive, so I'm thinking about Topics and Issues to cover. Since my educational background is in philosophy (ethics, philosophy of religion, logic, critical thinking, … [Read more...]

Melnyk, Goetz, and Taliafero on the AFR

Lately I have been doing a book revision and in the process reflecting on the "Great Debate" between Andrew Melnyk and the Christian philosophers Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliafero. Melnyk defends the thesis of the physical realization of the mental (PRM) and Goetz and Taliafero offer criticisms. Here are my thoughts so far. Comments would be welcome. Sorry for the length and apologies also that I am too lazy to put in references in this draft. The MTB thesis is the claim, broader than … [Read more...]


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