Did Jesus Exit? – Part 8

In Did Jesus Exist?(hereafter: DJE) Bart Ehrman argues for something like the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH), which I have clarified and tweaked a bit to get to this formulation:======================= There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1A. named Yeshu'a, and 2A. an adherent of Judaism, and a male descendant of the Hebrew people, and 3A. living in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s C.E., and 4A. known to be a preacher and teacher of religious … [Read more...]

God as a ‘Necessary Being’ – Part 1

In his book The Coherence of Theism (Revised edition, hereafter: COT), Swinburne defends the claim that the sentence 'God exists' makes a coherent statement.In Part II of COT, Swinburne defends the coherence of the concept of "a contingent God", which is basically the traditional concept of God minus the attribute of 'necessary being'. In Part III, Swinburne analyzes, clarifies, and defines the attribute 'necessary being', but he concludes that when this attribute is added back into the … [Read more...]

On Generalizing about the Other Side’s Dishonesty and Ignorance

Randal Rauser and Chriss Halquist have been exchanging a series of posts about the alleged dishonesty and igorance of apologists. (See Randal's latest post here.)If Randal's post is an accurate summary of the exchange with Hallquist--and I have no reason to doubt that it is--then my technical judgment of this exchange can be summed up in one word: "ouch." With all due respect to Christ, Randal's post seems to be a very solid critique.So What? Why This MattersThe … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 7

For the following discussion of the chronology of Jesus' ministry, I'm drawing upon the evidence and reasoning and conclusions presented by John P. Meier in his book A Marginal Jew, Volume 1: The Roots of the Problem and the Person, Chapter 11 "'In the Fifteenth Year'...A Chronology of Jesus' Life" (hereafter: AMJv1).Jesus was crucified sometime during the rule of Pilate over Judea:The Four Gospels (and various streams of earlier traditions within them), the Acts of the Apostles, … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 6

Here is my clarified version of the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH):======================= There was a flesh-and-blood person who was... 1A. named Yeshu'a, and 2A. an adherent of Judaism, and a male descendant of the Hebrew people, and 3A. living in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s C.E., and 4A. known to be a preacher and teacher of religious beliefs and moral values, and 5A. crucified in Jerusalem by the Romans around 30 C.E. (between 26 and 36 … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 5

In his book Did Jesus Exist? Bart Ehrman argues for 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. ========================1. named … [Read more...]

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...]


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