Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman’s Complete Failure – Part 2

Existence vs. Basic Aspects/Attributes"Did Jesus exist?" - What does this question mean?Clarity is a gateway standard of critical thinking.  If you are UNCLEAR about the meaning of a question, then your thinking about that question will also be unclear, and your thinking will probably not be very useful or productive or logical so long as you remain UNCLEAR about the question at issue.On the one hand, it is certain that there was no Jewish man who lived in Palestine in the first cent … [Read more...]

Draft Paper on the Jewish Hearsay Testimony and the Empty Tomb

I wrote this about 10 years ago but never finished it. In light of recent discussions, however, I thought it might be of interest to some readers.Please do not cite without my permission.Jewish_Hearsay_Evidence_v1.0_DRAFT_1 … [Read more...]

The Resurrection: Types of Skeptical Views

The traditional Christian view of the resurrection of Jesus involves a number of beliefs or claims:Jesus existed. Jesus was crucified. Jesus died while he was on the cross. After he was crucified, Jesus was buried in a stone tomb in the evening on the day that he was crucified. The stone tomb where Jesus was buried (on the day that he was crucified) was empty on Sunday morning, about 48 hours after Jesus was crucified. On Sunday, about 48 hours after Jesus was crucified, some of … [Read more...]

Apologist Responds? Check. Uncharitable? Check. Uses Cheap Shots and Insults? Check.

I stopped reading Triablogue some time ago, but today I decided to make an exception. After I posted my comment about the twin hypothesis, I thought to myself, "I'll bet Steve Hays responds to this and uses the 'Village Atheist' tag." My prediction was accurate. (See his post here.)In my comment, I didn't defend the twin hypothesis. I didn't even lay out Cavin's case for the Twin hypothesis in his Ph.D. dissertation. All I did was define the hypothesis in order to prove the point that R … [Read more...]

Why Skeptics Do Not Need the Hallucination Theory to Reject the Resurrection

According to Victor Reppert, skeptics need the hallucination theory in order to reject the resurrection. Why? Read his blog post to find out.I see his point, i.e., I understand where he is coming from when he says that he thinks (non-extreme) skeptics need the hallucination theory. But I disagree with him for at least two reasons.First, Reppert assumes that the Resurrection hypothesis explains the data, but that's merely an assumption on his part. He gives no good reasons to believe that … [Read more...]

The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry – Part 1

In this series I will discuss a recently published book called The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry (hereafter: TRACI).  It is not my intention to DO a critical inquiry into the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus in these posts.  Rather, I will be describing and commenting on the efforts of Michael J. Alter, the author of TRACI, to do a critical inquiry into the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus.I often complain about the intellectual laziness of Christian apologists.  I have dozens of books by Ch … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 15

Here is my main objection to William Craig's case for the resurrection of Jesus: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, Craig's case for the resurrection is a complete failure.Here is WLC's main reply to my … [Read more...]

Why Nobody Should Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead

First of all, extradordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but there is only weak evidence that Jesus rose from the dead:The evidence that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem and died on the cross on the same day he was crucified is weak. The evidence that Jesus was alive and walking around in Jerusalem less than 48 hours after he was crucified is weak. IF the evidence that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem and died on the cross on the same day he was crucified is weak and the e … [Read more...]