One Man’s Modus Ponens…

Here is an argument for the existence of God:1. If there is a God, then it is very likely that there is a book that was written many centuries ago that is purported to be a divine revelation, and that is widely known about, and that is filled with nothing but true facts and wisdom and clear and sound moral guidance, and that provides great help for people to live good and happy lives.2. If there is no God, then it is very unlikely that there is a book that was written many centuries ago … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 18

When I was a young boy, I enjoyed watching many episodes of Superman on a black-and-white television.  When I was about ten or eleven years old, my family would gather on evenings when the TV show Batman was on; we would eat hot-buttered popcorn while watching the show together.  Later in my life Hollywood began making blockbuster movies about superheroes.  Superman was one of the earlier blockbusters (1978).  For my birthday this year I received a set of Blu-Ray movies called The Dark Knight Tri … [Read more...]

The Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection of Jesus

Truth Table 1

Let's represent the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus as follows:(C) The Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus is true.Sometimes the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus is summed up this way:(R) God raised Jesus from the dead.The Christian doctrine of the resurrection asserts that the resurrection of Jesus was a miracle, and that God caused it to happen:12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 17

Does L, the special source used by the author of the Gospel of Luke, represent Jesus as a male descendant of the Hebrew people?Like Mark and Q, L uses masculine nouns, pronouns and verbs of Jesus:L 7:11b-15 "his disciples" "with him" "As he approached" "When the Lord saw her, he had compassion" "he came forward" "And he said" "He gave him" L 7:36-47 "asked him" "He went" "took his place" "he was eating" "his feet" "this man" "he would have known" "touching him" " 'Teacher' " "he … [Read more...]

A Ten-Year Project – Part 2

Apologetics Topics 1

Before deciding what topics and issues to cover in my multi-volume critique of Christianity, I want to look over some lists of common topics in (a) Christian Apologetics, (b) Systematic Theology, and (c) Philosophy of Religion.I looked through the table of contents of a number of handbooks on Christian Apologetics to come up with a list of common topics:NOTE: WIAC = Why I am a Christian, edited by Geisler & HoffmanBased on this quick survey of a few handbooks of Christian … [Read more...]

A Ten-Year Project

I'm starting to build a plan for a ten-year project for myself. The goal will be to produce a multi-volume critique of Christianity, with a focus on Evangelical Christianity, but I would also like to touch on Catholic Christianity and Liberal Christian views.One objective would be for the critique to be systematic and comprehensive, so I'm thinking about Topics and Issues to cover. Since my educational background is in philosophy (ethics, philosophy of religion, logic, critical thinking, … [Read more...]

God as a ‘Necessary Being’ – Part 3

Richard Swinburne analyzes the concept of 'necessary being' into two implications (COT, p.241-242):1. It is not a matter of fortunate accident that there is a God; he exists necessarily. 2. God is necessarily the kind of being which he is; God does not just happen to have the properties which he does.In his simpler and more popular book on God (Is There a God?), Swinburne clarifies these implications further in terms of the concept of 'essential properties':But theism does not claim … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 11

I will now take a brief break from answering the 44 questions about Mark, Q, M, and L.For your reading enjoyment, I bring you John Crossan's brief defense of the historicity of the crucifixion of Jesus:Jesus' death by execution under Pontius Pilate is as sure as anything historical can ever be. For, if no follower of Jesus had written anything for one hundred years after his crucifixion, we would still know about him from two authors not among his supporters. Their names are Flavious … [Read more...]


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