Best of All Possible Persons – Part 2

What do you get if you cross 'the best of all possible worlds' (from Leibniz) with 'the being than which none greater can be conceived' (from Anselm)? You get: the best of all possible persons, which is another way to conceive of God.Here are two proofs of the non-existence of God, based on this way of understanding the concpet of God:DISPROOF OF GOD #11. Person P is the best of all possible persons only if P creates the best of all possible worlds.2. No person ever has or ever … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 22

I have argued that the agreement that exists between the seven gospel sources concerning the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis, could be explained on the basis of the common cultural idea of a 'Messiah'. I conceded, however, that the crucifixion of the Messiah was not a part of the expectation of first century Palestinian Jews, but pointed out that the crucifixion of Jesus and surrounding events are described only in Mark and the Gospel of Peter, and not in the other gospel sources that Ehrman points us … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Index

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2013/06/05/did-jesus-exit-part-1/ Introduction to the issue: Did Jesus exist?http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2013/06/07/did-jesus-exit-part-2/ Outline of Did Jesus Exist? By Bart Ehrman. Various skeptical points by Ehrman, especially the insignificance of non-Christian historical sources.http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2013/06/10/did-jesus-exit-part-3/ Keith Parson’s advice and Bart Ehrman on the Minimal Jesus H … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 21

I have reviewed Q, M, and L passages, looking for crucifixion-related events.The Gospel of Mark includes several crucifixion-related events in Chapters 14 and 15:1. The Plot to Kill Jesus 2. The Anointing at Bethany 3. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 4. The Passover with the Disciples 5. The Institution of the Lord's Supper 6. Peter's Denial Foretold 7. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane 8. The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 9. Jesus Before the Council 10. Peter Denies Jesus 11. Jesus Before … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 20

The Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH) can be stated in terms of a list of a dozen attributes:A1. This person was a flesh-and-blood person. A2. This person was an adherent of Judaism. A3. This person was a male descendant of the Hebrew people. A4. This person lived in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s CE. A5. This person was know to be a preacher of religious beliefs. A6. This person was known to be a preacher of moral values. A7. This person was known to … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 19

In Part 14, we saw that Mark portrays Jesus as a devout follower of the Jewish faith. In Part 15, we saw that Q portrays Jesus as a devout follower of the Jewish faith. Does L, the special source used by Luke, portray Jesus as an adherent of Judaism? as a devout follower of the Jewish faith? While the evidence is not as extensive as it is in the case of Mark and Q, the evidence is fairly clear that Jesus is portrayed by L as a devout follower of the Jewish faith.Jesus and the Jewish … [Read more...]

One Man’s Modus Ponens…Part 5

Here is a creationist argument for the existence of God:1. If God exists, then it is very likely that the basic kinds of plants and animals all began to exist at the same time.2. If there is no God, then it is very unlikely that the basic kinds of plants and animals all began to exist at the same time.3. The basic kinds of plants and animals all began to exist at the same time.Therefore:4. Other things being equal, it is probable that God exists.Here is another … [Read more...]

One Man’s Modus Ponens…Part 4

In A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, there is an article by Jeffrey Jordan on "Pragmatic Arguments", that covers Pascal's Wager. According to Jordan, there are at least three versions of Pascal's Wager. In this post I will examine one of the three versions, which goes something like this:1. Either God exists or it is NOT the case that God exists. 2. If God exists, then a person who believes in God will be much better off than a nonbeliever. 3. If it is NOT the case that God exists, … [Read more...]


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