What is Christianity? Part 15

In his book Naming the Elephant (hereafter: NTE), the Christian apologist James Sire raises various objections against his analysis of the concept of a "worldview" that he had presented in his earlier book The Universe Next Door (hereafter: TUND).I have reviewed three of Sire's objections to his earlier cognitivist analysis of the concept of a "worldview" and argued that those objections were unsuccessful (see previous posts 10, 11, 12, and 13).I plan to review more of Sire's objections f … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 14

Here are the main conclusions and claims that I have argued for or asserted in previous posts:A religion is fundamentally about ideas, claims, and beliefs (see post #1). Christianity is a religion (see posts #2 & #3). Christianity is NOT a relationship with Jesus Christ, because Christianity can be true or false, but a relationship cannot be true or false (see posts #2 & #3). In his book Worldviews, the religious studies scholar Ninian Smart asserts that there are six dif … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 13

Worldview as a Way of Life?The third objection that James Sire raises against his older conception of worldviews, is that it makes more sense to understand a worldview as being “a way of life” (NTE, p.97) rather than to understand a worldview as being “a system of thought” (NTE, p.98) because of “the practical, lived reality of worldviews…” (NTE, p.100).The sub-section of Chapter 5 where Sire presents this third objection is called “Worldview as a Way of Life” (NTE, p.98-100).  The first … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 11

Shortly after the turn of the century, the Christian apologist James Sire revised his understanding of the concept of a “worldview” and wrote a book advocating this revised understanding: Naming the Elephant (hereafter: NTE).  Some of the the key changes that Sire makes to his conception of a “worldview” are defended in Chapter 5 of NTE:…the discussion so far has proceeded as if a worldview were a set of propositions or beliefs that serve as answers to a systematic set of [basic philosophica … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? INDEX

The primary goal of my Ten Year Plan is to evaluate Christianity, to answer the question "Is Christianity true or is it false?"I have started a couple of series of posts related to this project. One series related to the project is called "What is Christianity?".  Here is a list of the posts in that series (so far), with brief  quotes from each post, to provide an idea of the content of that post:What is Christianity? - Part 1I am a cognitivist when it comes to the concept of a “re … [Read more...]

Hope for a Brighter Future – Part 2

In the previous post on this topic I pointed to a recent study which showed that belief in God is on the decline in the United States.  Some people, however, have a difficult time accepting this fact, and in order to avoid this "unpleasant" reality engage in various forms of uncritical thinking.  Joe Hinman, for example, seems to be hell bent on rejecting the facts that contradict his wishes and desires on this matter, and as a result he provides us with a clear example of how NOT to think.   … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 7

In the previous post in this series,  I argued that the Christian apologist James Sire makes a fundamental mistake in his book Naming the Elephant, by defining "a worldview" as being a kind of commitment.  A worldview is something that can be true (or false), but a commitment is NOT something that can be true (or false); therefore, a worldview is NOT a commitment.One can have a strong belief or "intellectual commitment" towards a worldview, but in that case the worldview is the OBJECT of the … [Read more...]

Ben Carson is Also a POLITICAL Nutcase – Part 2

Ben Carson is a religious nutcase, and he is a POLITICAL nutcase as well.  He is a double threat to the national security of the United States of America, and a double threat to the well-being of every American citizen.Fortunately, even the know-nothing republicans of Iowa appear to have discerned that Ben Carson would make a lousy president. Hopefully, in a few weeks, Ben Carson will drop out of the presidential race and go back to fleecing right-wing idiots with his various books and book t … [Read more...]