In Defense of Dwindling Probability – Part 4

Here is another objection to dwindling probabilities from Swinburne:"A defender of the argument from dwindling probabilities may...emphasize that all the same the longer the route of the argument (or the more conjuncts involved in the conclusion), the less probable is the conclusion; and so suggest that it is not plausible to suppose that an argument of any length would yield a very probable conclusion. In rebuttal I make two points. The first is that the argument from dwindling p … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 8

I have one final objection to raise against Luke Johnson’s use of the “method of convergence".  I have been using the phrase "the devil is in the details" to summarize a number of problems with, or objections to, Johnson's use of the "method of convergence" to establish some key claims about Jesus.  But there are some specific DETAILS about the alleged crucifixion of Jesus that I have not yet mentioned but that represent more such details that raise doubt about the claim that "Jesus died on the c … [Read more...]

In Defense of Dwindling Probability – Part 3

When drinking alcoholic beverages it is good to know how much alcohol one is consuming, especially if one needs to drive home after having such beverages.Beer has less alcohol than wine, and wine has less alcohol than liquor.  Beer commonly ranges from 4% to 6% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Wine commonly ranges from 8% to 14% ABV,  and liquor commonly ranges from 30% to 60% ABV.In the USA, a standard drink has .6 oz of alcohol:One 12 0z bottle of beer that is 5% alcohol by volume has  . … [Read more...]

In Defense of Dwindling Probability – Part 2

I see that Plantinga's skeptical argument refers to "Dwindling Probabilities" rather than "Dwindling Probability".  Sorry about my failure to get the name of this topic quite right.I should mention that I did not learn about this sort of skeptical argument from the Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga.  I learned about the Multiplication Rule of probablity in high school math, and then again in one of many courses on logic and critical thinking that I took in college and as a graduate s … [Read more...]

In Defense of Dwindling Probability

One claim involved in the case for the resurrection of Jesus is this:D.  Jesus died on the same day he was crucified.The truth of this claim depends on the truth of some prior claims:E.  Jesus existed.C. Jesus was crucified.A probability tree diagram can illustrate how claim (D) involves dwindling probability (for a better view, click on the image):                                                                                                                              … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 7

I have another objection to raise against Luke Johnson's use of the "method of convergence" to support the reliability of the Gospels or the "historical framework" of the Gospels (emphasis added by me):As I have tried to show, the character of the Gospel narratives does not allow a fully satisfying historical reconstruction of Jesus' ministry. Nevertheless, certain fundamental points on which all the Gospels agree, when taken together with confirming lines of convergence from outsider … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 6

In Part 4 of this series, we saw that in a table (presented by Johnson in The Real Jesus) listing seventeen different claims about Jesus that are based on the Gospel accounts (and allegedly supported by various other “outsider” and “insider” writings), that about half of those claims were trivial, vacuous, or very vague, so that the evidence from “outsider” and “insider” writings supporting these claims is worthless or insignificant in relation to confirming the historical reliability of the Gosp … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – INDEX

The well-known Christian apologist Dr. William Lane Craig has read at least two of my posts from 2014 criticizing his case for the resurrection of Jesus, and he responded to some of my objections: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/establishing-the-crucifixion-of-jesus Here are the blog posts of mine that Dr. Craig … [Read more...]


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