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...]

Ain’t No Flies on Elvis

Elvis Presley was born on January 8th in 1935.  If he was alive today, he would be 82 years old.  Elvis died on August 16th in 1977, but many have claimed to have seen Elvis alive since that time.  Such sightings are still being re … [Read more...]

Christianity without Belief in the Resurrection?

BBC News has a story describing an interesting survey. Several particular results stand out: Half of the respondents reported that they do not believe that the Resurrection happened. But of these, many also identified as Christians. About one-fourth of respondents who identified as Christians reported that they do not believe that the Resurrection occurred. So much for 1 Corinthians 15:14. According to the BBC story, it is also true that 9% of people identifying as non-religious … [Read more...]

One Buddhist Worldview?

I'm getting a lot of pushback on my view that there is only ONE Christian worldview. It seems fairly obvious to me that there is just one Christian worldview, so I suspect some bias or prejudice is at work here, although I cannot put my finger on what that bias or prejudice might be. Perhaps we are all just a bit too close to the subject to maintain objectivity.One way around bias about Christianity is to change the focus to some other religion or ideology, and see whether the same general … [Read more...]

One Christian Worldview?

I believe that there is only ONE Christian worldview, even though there are many different versions of Christianity.There are tens of thousands of different Christian denominations around the world, so conclusively proving my hypothesis would require a lifetime of study.  So, to make it more possible to investigate my hypothesis, I will limit my claim geographically to the United States:(OCW) There is only ONE Christian worldview in the USA.There are only about 1,200 Christian … [Read more...]

The Jesus Argument

There have been many comments on my previous post God is a Person (Thank you all for your thoughts and contributions). I would like to narrow the focus of the discussion to deal with one argument at a time, so this post will only cover the first of my five arguments for the conclusion "God is a Person".  Fewer people may be interested in this argument, but that is OK with me.  I will get around to the other arguments in future posts.I. The Jesus Argument 1. Jesus is God. 2. Jesus is a pe … [Read more...]

God is a Person

INTRODUCTIONJoe Hinman wants to debate the existence of God with me, but before we can have an intelligent debate on this issue, we need to come to some sort of mutual understanding about the meaning of the word "God".In my view God is a person.  In Hinman's view God is NOT a person.  He can, I suppose, stipulate a definition of "God" that asserts or implies that God is NOT a person, but then I might not have any interst in debating the existence of such a being (we will see how that g … [Read more...]

Podcast 3: What is Christianity?

I have published my third podcast in the series "Thinking Critically About: Is Christianity True?"http://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/e/podcast-3-what-is-christianity/ Podcast 3: What is Christianity? March 17, 2017 In this podcast the host examines five key claims about Christianity in order to clarify the meaning of the word "Christianity" in this context.==========================The two previous podcasts in this series are still … [Read more...]