One Christian Worldview? Part 4: Evangelical Denominations

Catholics constituted 20.8% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014, see the Religious Landscape Study), and Christians who belong to Evangelical Protestant denominations constituted 25.4% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014).  So, if we combine Catholics and Evangelicals, they constituted 46.2% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014).  Since 70.6% of adults in the USA were Christians (in 2014), the combination of Catholics and Evangelicals constituted 65.4% of Christian adults i … [Read more...]

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 Christian Worldview? Part 2: An Argument

Buddhism has the Four Noble Truths, and I think that those beliefs constitute a worldview, namely the Buddhist worldview.I also believe that the logic of the Four Noble Truths can be applied to analyze other worldviews, including the worldview (or worldviews) of Christianity.Here is my analysis of the ONE Christian worldview, based on the logical structure of the Four Noble Truths:The Four Basic Beliefs of ChristianityWhat are the most basic problems of human life? (Symptoms of … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Die on the Cross? Part 2: Finishing Off Geisler’s Case

It is springtime! The sky is blue, and the sun is shining again here in the great and green Northwest.Every year Easter brings life back into me.  I feel born again, inspired and energized to once again attack the beast (i.e. Christianity/religion/superstition).  I might be tilting at a windmill, but I'm delighted to be back in the saddle, fighting the good fight, crusading against Christianity.(Although he probably despises me right now, I'm feeling a bit like the energetic and ag … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Die on the Cross? Part 1: Geisler’s Case

According to the Christian philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler:Before we [i.e. Christian believers] can show that Jesus rose from the dead, we need to show that he really did die. (When Skeptics Ask, p.120)William Lane Craig does not understand this basic principle concerning the alleged resurrection of Jesus, and as a result his case for the resurrection is a complete failure, because he makes no serious attempt to show that Jesus really did die on the cross.However, there are Christian … [Read more...]

Ain’t No Flies on Elvis

Elvis Presley was born on January 8th in 1935.  If he was alive today, he would be 82 years old.  Elvis died on August 16th in 1977, but many have claimed to have seen Elvis alive since that time.  Such sightings are still being re … [Read more...]

Unapologetic Review – Part 7: Two Definitions of “Faith”

The Two Main Definitions of "Faith" in UnapologeticThere are seven short statements in Unapologetic that appear to be definitions of the word "faith".  The definition given in Chapter 1 (p.37) is an incomplete version of the definition given in Chapter 2.  The definition given in Chapter 2 is clear and worthy of serious consideration:Faith is a cognitive bias that causes believers to overestimate any confirming evidence and underestimate any disconfirming evidence.  (Unapologetic, Ch … [Read more...]