I Don’t Care

Thomas Aquinas pulled a classic BAIT-AND-SWITCH move in Summa Theologica: “Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, moved by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.”“Therefore it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.” “Therefore we cannot but admit the existence of some being having of itself its own necessity, and not receiving it from another, but rather causing in others their necessity. This all men speak of … [Read more...]

Does God Exist? Part 2

Does God Exist - 3

Here is a third option for breaking down the question "Does God exist?" (click on the image below to get a clearer view of the chart):         This is a variation on Option 2 (see the previous post in this series).In this analysis I stick with the process of simply adding on divine attributes to the creator in order to build up to the full traditional concept of God, or something close to the full … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 8

Religions as Points of View

I have a cognitivist view of religions, and of Christianity in particular.1.  Christianity is something that can be true (or false).2. An experience is NOT something that can be true (or false).3. A feeling is NOT something that can be true (or false).4. A commitment is NOT something that can be true (or false).5. A relationship is NOT something that can be true (or false).Therefore:6.  Christianity is NOT an experience, or a feeling, or a commitment, or a r … [Read more...]

Does God Exist? Part 1

Does God Exist

The overarching question for my ten-year plan is:Is Christianity true or false?After I clarify this overarching question, the first major question to investigate is this:Does God exist?I will, of course, at some point need to address the traditional arguments for the existence of God (ontological, cosmological, teleological, and moral arguments).  But I want my investigation to be systematic, and to avoid the problem of BIAS in the selection of arguments and evidence to be c … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 11

Here is my main objection to William Craig's case for the resurrection of Jesus:It is not possible for a person to rise from the dead until AFTER that person has actually died. Thus, 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, … [Read more...]

My Posts for 2015

My Blog Posts for 2015 FAITH (17 posts) Jesus on Faith (6 … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 6

Evangelical Christians buy T-shirts and bumper stickers that proclaim this slogan:Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.http://www.christianapparelshop.com/p-526-christianity-is-not-a-religion-christian-t-shirt.aspx?The problem with this slogan is that a relationship is NOT the sort of thing that can be true (or false):1. If Christianity is a relationship, then Christianity is true only if a relationship is the sort of thing that can be true (or … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 5

In his book The Universe Next Door (IVP, 3rd edition, 1997; hereafter: TUND), James Sire speaks of worldviews as things that can be true:...I am convinced that for any of us to be fully conscious intellectually we should not only be able to detect the worldviews of others but be aware of our own--why it is ours and why in light of so many options we think it is true.  (TUND, p.10, emphasis added)In the opening pages of Chapter 1, Sire loosely equates faiths, worldviews, and collections o … [Read more...]


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