Podcast 4: Is There Just One Christian Worldview or Many?

I have also made a podcast on this subject:Podcast 4: Is There Just One Christian Worldview or Many?There is a PowerPoint (in a PDF) available with the content of the podcast:PowerPoint for Podcast 4My previous podcasts are available here:Thinking Critically About: Is Christianity True? … [Read more...]

One Christian Worldview? Part 3: The Compendium

In Part 2 of this series I presented an argument for the conclusion that there is just ONE Christian worldview.  The most important and controversial premise in that argument is premise (3):3. The Four Basic Beliefs of Christianity are accepted by the Catholic Church, by Eastern Orthodox Churches, and by many major Protestant denominations.Because 21% or about 1 in 5 Christians identifies as a Catholic, I will start with support for the first part of this premise:The Four Basic B … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Die on the Cross? Part 2: Finishing Off Geisler’s Case

It is springtime! The sky is blue, and the sun is shining again here in the great and green Northwest.Every year Easter brings life back into me.  I feel born again, inspired and energized to once again attack the beast (i.e. Christianity/religion/superstition).  I might be tilting at a windmill, but I'm delighted to be back in the saddle, fighting the good fight, crusading against Christianity.(Although he probably despises me right now, I'm feeling a bit like the energetic and ag … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Die on the Cross? Part 1: Geisler’s Case

According to the Christian philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler:Before we [i.e. Christian believers] can show that Jesus rose from the dead, we need to show that he really did die. (When Skeptics Ask, p.120)William Lane Craig does not understand this basic principle concerning the alleged resurrection of Jesus, and as a result his case for the resurrection is a complete failure, because he makes no serious attempt to show that Jesus really did die on the cross.However, there are Christian … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 17: Worldviews as “Master Stories”?

James Sire comes from an Evangelical Christian point of view, so for him the miracle stories in the Gospels are crucial to the Christian worldview, especially the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection of Jesus.  Belief in such miracles are indeed part of ancient Christian Creeds that are still used in most Protestant and Catholic worship services and are part of many catechisms, both Protestant and Catholic.In Chapter 5 of Naming the Elephant (hereafter: NTE), Sire points to the Apostles' Creed … [Read more...]

Debate: The Evidence for Jesus from the Talmud – Wrap-Up Comments

I summarized Joe Hinman's argument from the external evidence of the Talmud this way:1. There are MANY references to Jesus in the Talmud that were censored but that were preserved in some texts. 2. There are A FEW references to Jesus in the Talmud that were not censored. 3. ALL of the references to Jesus in the Talmud speak of Jesus in a way that assumes or implies that Jesus was a flesh‐and‐blood historical figure. 4. IF (1), (2), and (3) are true, THEN the external evidence from the Talm … [Read more...]

Is Christianity True?

As indicated in a previous post,  for the next four or five years I plan to focus on the question:Is Christianity true?I plan to do most of my Christianity-centered posts on my old Cross Examination blog site, where I have set up the initial logical structure of interconnected blog posts (including a number that only have titles and no content):https://crossexamination.blogspot.com/For the question "Does God exist?"  I will do most of the posts here at The Secular Outpost and wi … [Read more...]

Skepticism and Conjunctions

Belief in God and belief in the Christian faith are both vulnerable to skepticism in view of the fact that both beliefs consist in conjuctions.Some of the key divine attributes are:eternally bodiless eternally omnipotent eternally omniscient eternally perfectly morally good the creator of the universeIn order for God to exist, there must be one and only one person who has all five of these divine attributes.If there is an omnipotent person who is evil or morally flawed, … [Read more...]