The Homeopathic Christ Problem

(A mostly silly puzzle about Holy Communion)  The Christian sacrament of Communion can be viewed according to two main competing theoretical perspectives. The first can be called the “symbolic presence” account, according to which the bread and wine are nothing more than symbolic representations of the body and blood of Jesus. On this view, to participate in Communion is to participate in a purely symbolic ritual. Christ is not in any sense literally present in the bread and wine; his p … [Read more...]

One Christian Worldview? Part 3: The Compendium

In Part 2 of this series I presented an argument for the conclusion that there is just ONE Christian worldview.  The most important and controversial premise in that argument is premise (3):3. The Four Basic Beliefs of Christianity are accepted by the Catholic Church, by Eastern Orthodox Churches, and by many major Protestant denominations.Because 21% or about 1 in 5 Christians identifies as a Catholic, I will start with support for the first part of this premise:The Four Basic B … [Read more...]

One Buddhist Worldview?

I'm getting a lot of pushback on my view that there is only ONE Christian worldview. It seems fairly obvious to me that there is just one Christian worldview, so I suspect some bias or prejudice is at work here, although I cannot put my finger on what that bias or prejudice might be. Perhaps we are all just a bit too close to the subject to maintain objectivity.One way around bias about Christianity is to change the focus to some other religion or ideology, and see whether the same general … [Read more...]

One Christian Worldview?

I believe that there is only ONE Christian worldview, even though there are many different versions of Christianity.There are tens of thousands of different Christian denominations around the world, so conclusively proving my hypothesis would require a lifetime of study.  So, to make it more possible to investigate my hypothesis, I will limit my claim geographically to the United States:(OCW) There is only ONE Christian worldview in the USA.There are only about 1,200 Christian … [Read more...]

Podcast 3: What is Christianity?

I have published my third podcast in the series "Thinking Critically About: Is Christianity True?"http://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/e/podcast-3-what-is-christianity/ Podcast 3: What is Christianity? March 17, 2017 In this podcast the host examines five key claims about Christianity in order to clarify the meaning of the word "Christianity" in this context.==========================The two previous podcasts in this series are still … [Read more...]

The Christian Worldview – Part 1: Worldviews

1.Christianity is a religion (NOT a relationship with Jesus).The word “Christianity” is defined in dictionaries as being a religion. Sociologists, Philosophers of Religion, and Religious Studies scholars consider Christianity to be a religion. A religion is something that could be true or that could be false, but a relationship cannot be true and cannot be false. All, or virtually all, Christian apologists claim that "Christianity is true."2. Religions have several dim … [Read more...]

Thinking Critically About: “Is Christianity True?” Podcasts 1 and 2

I have completed my second podcast and placed both Podcast 1 and Podcast 2 on a page on the Podbean website:http://thinkingcriticallyabout.podbean.com/ … [Read more...]

Intelligent Design: Get ready for another round

President Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is very likely a supporter of teaching Intelligent Design (ID) in public schools. Her husband, Dick DeVos, ran for Governor of Michigan in 2006 and explicitly stated his support for ID ( http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2006/09/21/devos-and-intelligent-design/ ). It is not unlikely, then, that ID proponents will be emboldened to make a fresh push to include it in school science curricula.A key strategic claim for ID p … [Read more...]