Did Jesus Exit? – Part 4

When Bart Ehrman asserts that "Jesus existed", he is asserting something like the following Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH): ====================== There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1. named 'Jesus', and 2. a Jewish man, and 3. living in Palestine as an adult in the 20s C.E., and 4. known to be a preacher and a teacher, and 5. crucified in Jerusalem by the Romans around 30 C.E., and 6. crucified when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. ========================There was … [Read more...]

Parsons is Mean

Someone named Randal Rauser thinks I am being mean to fundamentalists:http://randalrauser.com/2013/06/laughing-at-fundamentalists-lessons-from-john-loftus-and-keith-parsons/I am. I ain't a Christian. I don't turn the other cheek or love my enemies or pray for those that say mean things about atheists.What justifies ridicule? The ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed. Well, we should spare the innocent ridiculousness of those who cannot help it--the genuinely, pathetically dimwitted or … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 3

If Jesus did not EXIST, then Jesus did not EXIT this life by dying on a cross in Jerusalem. If Jesus did not die on a cross in Jerusalem, then Jesus did not rise from the dead. So, this question of whether Jesus existed has a direct logical connection to the question of whether Jesus rose from the dead.If the probability that 'Jesus existed' is .8, then the probability that 'Jesus rose from the dead' cannot be any higher than .8, and given that the evidence for the claim that 'Jesus was … [Read more...]

My Guest Post on Randal Rauser’s Blog

In case you don't already follow Randal Rauser's blog, The Tentative Apologist, he has been posting a series of guest posts by prominent atheists on his blog about "why they don't believe." Rauser just posted my short essay, for which I am truly grateful.Rauser offered a few comments on my short essay. I, in turn, would like to offer a few short comments of my own. “He [Draper] taught me that, if I want to be a philosopher of religion and not an apologist”However, I’m not content to allo … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 2

Author: Bart D. Ehrman Publisher: HarperCollins Copyright: 2012. Full Title: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Contents: Introduction (p.1-7) Part I: Evidence for the Historical Jesus (p.11-174) Chapters 1-5 Part II: The Mythicists' Claims (p.177-264) Chapters 6 & 7 Part III: Who Was the Historical Jesus? (p.267-339) Chapters 8 & 9, plus a Conclusion Bibliography (p.341-345) Notes (p.347-361) I will focus in on Part I: Evidence for the … [Read more...]

Christian Apologists vs. the Kalam Cosmological Argument

In the last couple of days, two Christian apologists have published critiques of the Kalam cosmological argument.#1: Calum MillerCalum Miller provides an extremely thorough, open-minded critique.#2: Danny FaulknerOver at Answers in Genesis, Danny Faulkner has written an interesting article entitled, "Universe by Design: Misconceptions about General Relativity, Cosmology, and the Big Bang."  Among others, the article has a section entitled, "The Big Bang Does Not Prove God's … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 1

Let me lay my prejudices out on the table, before I get into the pros and cons about Bart Ehrman's case for Jesus being an actual historical person.My current opinion is that it is very likely that Jesus existed, but I don't think that anything about Jesus is certain, so I would allow for about one chance in ten that Jesus was NOT a real person.I am a skeptic about the claim that "Jesus rose from the dead", so although my current opinion favors an historical Jesus, I have an interest in … [Read more...]

Atheistic Moral Realism – Part 11

If I understand William Craig's third objection to AMR, then he is basically offering an inductive  teleological argument for the existence of God (similar to how Richard Swinburne argues for God)  based on the assumption that there are objective moral values plus the claim that humans and the circumstances in which humans find themselves are such as to allow humans to live morally significant lives (we have free will, are able to grasp moral principles, are able to reason from moral principles t … [Read more...]