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...]

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...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 3

If Jesus did not EXIST, then Jesus did not EXIT this life by dying on a cross in Jerusalem. If Jesus did not die on a cross in Jerusalem, then Jesus did not rise from the dead. So, this question of whether Jesus existed has a direct logical connection to the question of whether Jesus rose from the dead.If the probability that 'Jesus existed' is .8, then the probability that 'Jesus rose from the dead' cannot be any higher than .8, and given that the evidence for the claim that 'Jesus was … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 2

Author: Bart D. Ehrman Publisher: HarperCollins Copyright: 2012. Full Title: Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Contents: Introduction (p.1-7) Part I: Evidence for the Historical Jesus (p.11-174) Chapters 1-5 Part II: The Mythicists' Claims (p.177-264) Chapters 6 & 7 Part III: Who Was the Historical Jesus? (p.267-339) Chapters 8 & 9, plus a Conclusion Bibliography (p.341-345) Notes (p.347-361) I will focus in on Part I: Evidence for the … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 1

Let me lay my prejudices out on the table, before I get into the pros and cons about Bart Ehrman's case for Jesus being an actual historical person.My current opinion is that it is very likely that Jesus existed, but I don't think that anything about Jesus is certain, so I would allow for about one chance in ten that Jesus was NOT a real person.I am a skeptic about the claim that "Jesus rose from the dead", so although my current opinion favors an historical Jesus, I have an interest in … [Read more...]


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