One Man’s Modus Ponens…Part 3

Here is a Christian argument for the existence of God:1. If God raised Jesus from the dead, then God exists. 2. God raised Jesus from the dead. Therefore: 3. God exists.There is no need to make this into a modus tollens, because premise (2) clearly begs the question. The claim that 'God raised Jesus from the dead' assumes that there is a God who is available to perform miracles, such as the resurrection of Jesus. But the question at issue is whether God exists, so (2) assumes what … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 18

When I was a young boy, I enjoyed watching many episodes of Superman on a black-and-white television.  When I was about ten or eleven years old, my family would gather on evenings when the TV show Batman was on; we would eat hot-buttered popcorn while watching the show together.  Later in my life Hollywood began making blockbuster movies about superheroes.  Superman was one of the earlier blockbusters (1978).  For my birthday this year I received a set of Blu-Ray movies called The Dark Knight Tri … [Read more...]

The Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection of Jesus

Truth Table 1

Let's represent the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus as follows:(C) The Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus is true.Sometimes the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus is summed up this way:(R) God raised Jesus from the dead.The Christian doctrine of the resurrection asserts that the resurrection of Jesus was a miracle, and that God caused it to happen:12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 17

Does L, the special source used by the author of the Gospel of Luke, represent Jesus as a male descendant of the Hebrew people?Like Mark and Q, L uses masculine nouns, pronouns and verbs of Jesus:L 7:11b-15 "his disciples" "with him" "As he approached" "When the Lord saw her, he had compassion" "he came forward" "And he said" "He gave him" L 7:36-47 "asked him" "He went" "took his place" "he was eating" "his feet" "this man" "he would have known" "touching him" " 'Teacher' " "he … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 16

Did Q represent Jesus as a male descendant of the Hebrew people?We have previously seen that both Mark and Q represent Jesus as a devout Jew, i.e. as a devout follower of the religion of Judaism. But someone can be Jewish in this sense of being an adherent of the Jewish faith without being a descendant of the Hebrew people.Q does represent Jesus as a male.First, the name 'Jesus' was a common name of Palestinian Jewish males in the first century, and 'Jesus' was NOT a common name of … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 15

Part of MJH (the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis) is that Jesus was a Jewish male. Jesus was "Jewish" in both senses of the word: he was an adherent of the religion of Judaism, and a male descendant of the Hebrew people, according to MJH.We saw in Part 14 that Mark represents Jesus as both a follower of Judaism and as a male descendant of the Hebrew people. What aboout Q? Does Q also represent Jesus as a follower of Judaism and as a Hebrew man?I will use the International Q Project … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 14

Fake and Real Jesus

Mitt Romney is a lying sack of human excrement. Which is one of the reasons why he lost the election.Among MR's many moral failings was his promotion of a racist religious tradition: Mormonism. MR grew up in a publically and openly racist Mormon church. As a young man he went to France to encourage French citizens to join his then openly and publically racist Mormon church.But MR is not the only believer in the USA who comes from a racist church background. The largest Protestant … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 13

I have taken a quick look at the L-source passages in Luke, and my conclusion is that the L source does represent Jesus as a flesh-and-blood person. So, Bart Ehrman is clearly the winner of the first round. But there are several more rounds to go before I will have enough facts and data to make a reasonable general conclusion about whether and to what extent the sources of the canonical gospels support the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH), and then after that we need to look at the non-canonical … [Read more...]


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