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 … [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...]

A Ten-Year Project – Part 2

Apologetics Topics 1

Before deciding what topics and issues to cover in my multi-volume critique of Christianity, I want to look over some lists of common topics in (a) Christian Apologetics, (b) Systematic Theology, and (c) Philosophy of Religion. I looked through the table of contents of a number of handbooks on Christian Apologetics to come up with a list of common topics: NOTE: WIAC = Why I am a Christian, edited by Geisler & Hoffman Based on this quick survey of a few handbooks of Christian … [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...]

Initial Impressions on the Andrews-Schieber Debate: Part 2

(Continued from Part 1) Justin Schieber's Case against Christian Theism Schieber presents three arguments against Christian theism: (1) the GodWorld argument; (2) the soteriological argument from evil; and (3) an argument about the possibility of divine lies in the Bible. Let's each argument in turn. The GodWorld Argument Schieber defines "GodWorld" as "that possible world where God exists alone (AND nothing else exists) for eternity." The arguments runs as follows. (17) If the … [Read more...]

Initial Impressions on the Andrews-Schieber Debate: Part 1

Christian Max Andrews and Atheist Justin Schieber recently had a debate on the existence of the Christian god. Both audio and a transcript are available online. I think it's well worth listening to or reading. In what follows, I want to offer my initial impressions of both debaters' opening statements. Max Andrews' Case for Christian Theism Andrews offers three arguments for Christian theism: (1) the Thomistic Cosmological Argument; (2) a fine-tuning argument; and (3) an explanatory … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 8

In Did Jesus Exist?(hereafter: DJE) Bart Ehrman argues for something like the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH), which I have clarified and tweaked a bit to get to this formulation: ======================= 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 … [Read more...]


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