My Recent Call-In Segment with Trent Horn on Catholic Answers Live

A few weeks ago Catholic Answers had a two hour radio show devoted to taking calls from nontheists only. I was the last caller. I had the privilege of having a brief, but very enjoyable and intellectually stimulating conversation with Trent Horn. A fan recently made me aware of a YouTube recording of it.LINKTrent, if you're reading this, thanks again for being such a gracious host. I look forward to talking with you again in the future! … [Read more...]

Randal Rauser’s Latest Book (with a Contribution from Yours Truly)


Randal Rauser has written a new book, Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes Towards Atheism. Rauser's book is a model of philosophical charity. In the book, Rauser argues against Christian stereotypes of atheists, on both empirical and Biblical grounds. For this reason alone, I think all atheists should want this book.Here is a link to the the book at Amazon:LINKIn the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a neutral reviewer of this book because I am a contributor t … [Read more...]

Jesus: True Prophet or False Prophet? – Part 3

I am arguing that it is not possible for Christian apologists to make a solid rational case for the claim that God raised Jesus from the dead (GRJ).  My argument is based on the controversial claim that Jesus was a false prophet (JFP):1. Jesus claimed to be a prophet.2. Jesus was not a prophet.3. IF a person P claimed to be a prophet but was not a prophet, THEN person P was a false prophet.Therefore:4. Jesus was a false prophet.5. IF a person P was a false prophet, TH … [Read more...]

Jesus: True Prophet or False Prophet? – Part 2

There are three main areas of evidence required to build a rational case for the resurrection of Jesus, for the claim that God raised Jesus from the dead (GRJ):I. General Background EvidenceII. Prior Historical EvidenceIII. Posterior Historical Evidence  A key claim that Christian apologists need to support in relation to Prior Historical Evidence is that Jesus was a true prophet (JTP).  But the evidence we have, on the assumption that the Gospels provide historically reliable a … [Read more...]

The Logic of the Resurrection – Part 7

It is one thing to make a solid case for the claim "Jesus rose from the dead." (JRD), and another thing entirely to make a solid case for the claim "God raised Jesus from the dead." (GRJ).  Showing that (JRD) is true, would not, by itself, show that (GRJ) is true.  The resurrection could have been produced by natural causes, and if there really are supernatural beings (like God), then there might well be MANY (even millions or billions) of supernatural beings (angels, demons, ghosts, spirits, go … [Read more...]

Yahweh vs. Thor

On my Twitter timeline, I saw the following:“Atheism does not require certainty. But we can be as certain the Christian god does not exist as Christians are that Thor does not exist.”If I were to reword the tweet, albeit in a way that is too long for twitter, I would have offered something like this:"Atheism, when defined as the belief that God does not exist, does not require certainty. Rather, like any other belief, people can hold this belief with varyingdegrees of belief. The … [Read more...]

The Logic of the Resurrection – Part 6

In Part 4 of this series, we saw that Theodore Drange interpreted Christian theologian Charles Hodge to be arguing as follows ("Why Resurrect Jesus?" in The Empty Tomb, p. 56) : (2a) (JRD) is a sufficient condition for (JSG). Therefore: (1a) (JRD) is a necessary condition for (JSG). ============ Abbreviations: (JRD) Jesus rose from the dead. (JSG) Jesus is the divine Son of God. ============  In terms of symbolic logic, the argument is this: (2b) (JRD)    (JSG). Therefore: (1b)  (JSG … [Read more...]

The Logic of the Resurrection – Index

 The Logic of the Resurrection - Part 1Different assumptions about the existence of God have different implications concerning the resurrection.The Logic of the Resurrection - Part 2As Richard Swinburne has pointed out, a complete case for the resurrection must be a three-legged stool, resting upon general background evidence, prior historical evidence, and posterior historical evidence.The Logic of the Resurrection - Part 3The logic of the resurrection apologetic is … [Read more...]