What is Christianity? Part 9

As Ninian Smart points out, there are secular worldviews as well as religious worldviews.   A religion is a religious worldview as opposed to a secular worldview.  Marxism and Secular Humanism are examples of secular worldviews.  Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam are examples of religions or religious worldviews.Smart, however, asserts that worldviews (both religious and secular) encompass six dimensions:The doctrinal or philosophical dimensionThe narrative or mythic di … [Read more...]

The Intellectual Poverty of Ken Ham’s Presuppositionalist Meme

I recently saw a Twitter meme of Ken Ham making a crude appeal to a presuppositionalist type of argument against all non-Christians, not just atheists. I don't want to deal with any potential licensing issues with the image, so rather than display the image on my blog instead I'll quote the words below. Non-Christian scientists are really borrowing from the Christian worldview to carry out their observational science. Think about it. When they are doing observational science, using the … [Read more...]

The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry – Part 1

In this series I will discuss a recently published book called The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry (hereafter: TRACI).  It is not my intention to DO a critical inquiry into the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus in these posts.  Rather, I will be describing and commenting on the efforts of Michael J. Alter, the author of TRACI, to do a critical inquiry into the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus.I often complain about the intellectual laziness of Christian apologists.  I have dozens of books by Ch … [Read more...]

Aquinas’ Argument for the Existence of God – Part 6

A key part of Aquinas' argument for the existence of God in Summa Theologica is found in Question 14, Article 1: "Whether There Is Knowledge in God?".  In that article, Aquinas argues for the conclusion that "In God there exists the most perfect knowledge."  The word "God" here is a misleading translation, and I take this claim to mean the following:(MPK) In the first principle there exists the most perfect knowledge.Aquinas provides only ONE argument for this conclusion (at least in Summ … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 15

Here is my main objection to William Craig's case for the resurrection of Jesus:In order to prove that Jesus rose from the dead, one must first prove that Jesus died on the cross. But in most of William Craig's various books, articles, and debates, he simply ignores this issue. He makes no serious attempt to show that it is an historical fact that Jesus died on the cross.  For that reason, Craig's case for the resurrection is a complete failure.Here is WLC's main reply to my … [Read more...]

Aquinas’ Argument for the Existence of God – Part 5

In order to prove that God exists, Aquinas must prove that there exists a being that has ALL of the following divine attributes:a person who is the creator of the universe an eternally bodiless person an eternally omnipotent person an eternally omniscient person an eternally perfectly morally good personI don't believe that Aquinas actually proves that there is a being with even just ONE of these key divine attributes, so I certainly don't believe that Aquinas proves that there i … [Read more...]

Aquinas’ Argument for the Existence of God – Part 4

NOTE: I began to reconstruct Aquinas' argument for the existence of God in the post I Don't Care - Part 4, and continued that effort in  I Don't Care - Part 5, and I Don't Care - Part 6.   I am changing the title of this series to better reflect the content, so I consider the previous posts numbered as Parts 4, 5, and 6 to constitute Parts 1, 2, and 3 (respectively) of this new series called "Aquinas' Argument for the Existence of God".  That is why I'm calling this post "Part 4".The first "h … [Read more...]

Why Nobody Should Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead

First of all, extradordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but there is only weak evidence that Jesus rose from the dead:The evidence that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem and died on the cross on the same day he was crucified is weak. The evidence that Jesus was alive and walking around in Jerusalem less than 48 hours after he was crucified is weak. IF the evidence that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem and died on the cross on the same day he was crucified is weak and the e … [Read more...]