What is Christianity? Part 6

Evangelical Christians buy T-shirts and bumper stickers that proclaim this slogan:Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.http://www.christianapparelshop.com/p-526-christianity-is-not-a-religion-christian-t-shirt.aspx?The problem with this slogan is that a relationship is NOT the sort of thing that can be true (or false):1. If Christianity is a relationship, then Christianity is true only if a relationship is the sort of thing that can be true (or … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 5

In his book The Universe Next Door (IVP, 3rd edition, 1997; hereafter: TUND), James Sire speaks of worldviews as things that can be true:...I am convinced that for any of us to be fully conscious intellectually we should not only be able to detect the worldviews of others but be aware of our own--why it is ours and why in light of so many options we think it is true.  (TUND, p.10, emphasis added)In the opening pages of Chapter 1, Sire loosely equates faiths, worldviews, and collections o … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 4

I think of Christianity as being a worldview. But what is a worldview? How should we analyze and compare and evaluate worldviews?There are different ways of understanding and analyzing worldviews, so before I defend my cognitivist view of religions, I should make an attempt to clarify the concept of "a worldview" that I plan to use in my evaluation of Christianity.Here are some books that analyze worldviews and/or discuss the concept of a worldview:CHRISTIAN APOLOGISTS Worldviews … [Read more...]

Ben Carson is Also a POLITICAL Nutcase – Part 1

It looks like Ben Carson's popularity is fading away, according recent polls (Thank you baby Jesus!).However, he was clearly the number two choice of Republicans from the end of August until early December, and for the first half of November, Carson was neck-and-neck with Trump, tied for first choice of Republicans.  Furthermore, the primary elections/caucuses have not yet occurred, so Carson still has a shot at becoming the Republican nominee for president.In my first post on Carson, I a … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 10

Here is my main objection to William Craig's case for the resurrection of Jesus:It is not possible for a person to rise from the dead until AFTER that person has actually died. Thus, 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, … [Read more...]

Springer/Synthese Books Available for Free Download

For a limited time only, Springer is running some kind of promotion now with free downloadable books published in the Synthese library before 2005. For those of you interested in the philosophy of time, that would include Craig's The Tenseless Theory of Time and The Tensed Theory of Time.(H/T: Glenn Branch) … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 9

I have finished my discussion of Luke Timothy Johnson's views on the alleged crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and I will begin my discussion of  Robert Funk's views on the alleged crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in the next post, after a brief review here of the CONTEXT of this series of posts (i.e. my main objection to WLC's case for the resurrection, and WLC's main response to my objection). =========================================Excerpts from my post The Failure of William … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 8

I have one final objection to raise against Luke Johnson’s use of the “method of convergence".  I have been using the phrase "the devil is in the details" to summarize a number of problems with, or objections to, Johnson's use of the "method of convergence" to establish some key claims about Jesus.  But there are some specific DETAILS about the alleged crucifixion of Jesus that I have not yet mentioned but that represent more such details that raise doubt about the claim that "Jesus died on the c … [Read more...]


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