God as a ‘Necessary Being’ – Part 3

Richard Swinburne analyzes the concept of 'necessary being' into two implications (COT, p.241-242):1. It is not a matter of fortunate accident that there is a God; he exists necessarily. 2. God is necessarily the kind of being which he is; God does not just happen to have the properties which he does.In his simpler and more popular book on God (Is There a God?), Swinburne clarifies these implications further in terms of the concept of 'essential properties':But theism does not claim … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 11

I will now take a brief break from answering the 44 questions about Mark, Q, M, and L.For your reading enjoyment, I bring you John Crossan's brief defense of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus:Jesus' death by execution under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For, if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixion, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavious … [Read more...]

Response to Craig’s crit of my paper on the existence of Jesus

 A while back, William Lane Craig responded to an argument of mine that was published in 2011 in Faith and Philosophy in a paper called “Evidence, Miracles, and The Existence of Jesus”. (Craig’s response appears on his Reasonable Faith website here). In fact, Craig largely ignores the various arguments in my paper, and focuses instead in refuting arguments it does not contain. If you want to read the paper to check, it’s available here. … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 10

In my previous post on this topic, I argued that we need to answer 44 specific questions in order to come up with fact-based initial evaluation of Bart Ehrman's Seven Gospels Argument (SGA).The first question is whether Mark (one of the seven sources that Ehrman points us to) confirms the following attribute claim:A1. Yeshu’a was a flesh-and-blood person.Because Mark is the most extensive source of the seven, one would expect that Mark would confirm all or nearly all of the eleven a … [Read more...]

The Six Kinds of Unbelievers

According to a recent study by UT-Chattanooga, one in five Americans are now non-believers. They have identified six categories:http://www.salon.com/2013/07/13/poll_six_kinds_of_non_believers_in_america_partner/I wonder if they are not missing another very large segment, what I would call the "de facto unbeliever." The de facto unbeliever attends church, often regularly. He (they are mostly men, in my experience) might say grace before every meal and, if polled, would no doubt affirm … [Read more...]

Really Handy Survey of Metaethics

I have no idea if the site posting this actually has the copyright permissions to do this or not, but there is a site with the entire copy of Walter Sinnott-Armstrong's book, Moral Skepticisms, available as a PDF file.For those of you with an interest in learning more about metaethics--such as the distinction between "moral metaphysics" (moral ontology), "moral linguistics" (moral semantics), and so forth, check out pages 5-7 of the PDF file, especially the diagram on page 6. … [Read more...]

Trent Dougherty’s Review of Probability in the Philosophy of Religion

Excellent review of what appears to be a very interesting book.LINK … [Read more...]

Ex-Apologist on WLC’s Critique of the Existence of Actual Infinities (Part 1)

Here. … [Read more...]