What is Christianity? Part 7

In the previous post in this series,  I argued that the Christian apologist James Sire makes a fundamental mistake in his book Naming the Elephant, by defining "a worldview" as being a kind of commitment.  A worldview is something that can be true (or false), but a commitment is NOT something that can be true (or false); therefore, a worldview is NOT a commitment.One can have a strong belief or "intellectual commitment" towards a worldview, but in that case the worldview is the OBJECT of the … [Read more...]

Ben Carson is Also a POLITICAL Nutcase – Part 2

Ben Carson is a religious nutcase, and he is a POLITICAL nutcase as well.  He is a double threat to the national security of the United States of America, and a double threat to the well-being of every American citizen.Fortunately, even the know-nothing republicans of Iowa appear to have discerned that Ben Carson would make a lousy president. Hopefully, in a few weeks, Ben Carson will drop out of the presidential race and go back to fleecing right-wing idiots with his various books and book t … [Read more...]

My Posts for 2015

My Blog Posts for 2015 FAITH (17 posts) Jesus on Faith (6 … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 6

Evangelical Christians buy T-shirts and bumper stickers that proclaim this slogan:Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.http://www.christianapparelshop.com/p-526-christianity-is-not-a-religion-christian-t-shirt.aspx?The problem with this slogan is that a relationship is NOT the sort of thing that can be true (or false):1. If Christianity is a relationship, then Christianity is true only if a relationship is the sort of thing that can be true (or … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 5

In his book The Universe Next Door (IVP, 3rd edition, 1997; hereafter: TUND), James Sire speaks of worldviews as things that can be true:...I am convinced that for any of us to be fully conscious intellectually we should not only be able to detect the worldviews of others but be aware of our own--why it is ours and why in light of so many options we think it is true.  (TUND, p.10, emphasis added)In the opening pages of Chapter 1, Sire loosely equates faiths, worldviews, and collections o … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 4

I think of Christianity as being a worldview. But what is a worldview? How should we analyze and compare and evaluate worldviews?There are different ways of understanding and analyzing worldviews, so before I defend my cognitivist view of religions, I should make an attempt to clarify the concept of "a worldview" that I plan to use in my evaluation of Christianity.Here are some books that analyze worldviews and/or discuss the concept of a worldview:CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS Worldviews … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 3

One objection to my cognitivist view of religion and of Christianity goes like this:"Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ."In the previous post in this series, I argued that (1) Christianity is a religion according to the Bible.  So, Christians who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, should accept the view that Christianity is a religion.I also argued that (2) none of the definitions of "Christianity" found in various dictionaries … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 2

One objection to my cognitivist view of religion and Christianity is this popular little bit of stupidity:"Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ."I have three initial responses to this statement: (1) read your freaking bible, (2) read your freaking dictionary, and (3) use your freaking brain.1. READ YOUR BIBLEIn Chapter 26 of Acts, the apostle Paul defends himself before King Agrippa and speaks of "our religion":1  Agrippa said to Paul, “You ha … [Read more...]


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