Ten-Year Plan: Revised Scope

I am going to start my Ten-Year Plan this year.However, I have decided to EXPAND the scope of the project; I will attempt to eat the whole enchilada, so ten years might not be enough time.  I wrote a previous post (offsite) on my Ten-Year Plan.The question at issue:  Is Christianity true or false?Here is the overall logic that I plan to use to do my evaluation of Christianity (click on image for a clearer  view of  the chart): Although it might require more than ten y … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 10

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...]

WLC Denies That Anyone Has Ever Died a Sincere Seeker Without Finding God

Can anyone sincerely lack belief in God? And even if they can, can anyone sincerely lack belief in God for the rest of their lives? Many people, including nontheists but not just nontheists, think the answer to both questions is plainly "yes." But some (many?) theists, no doubt motivated by beliefs such as divine goodness, Biblical inerrancy, and Christian particularism, deny this for the second question and possibly the first.  We'll call people who deny a "yes" answer to the second quest … [Read more...]

Response to William Lane Craig – Part 9

I have finished my discussion of Luke Timothy Johnson's views on the alleged crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and I will begin my discussion of  Robert Funk's views on the alleged crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus in the next post, after a brief review here of the CONTEXT of this series of posts (i.e. my main objection to WLC's case for the resurrection, and WLC's main response to my objection). =========================================Excerpts from my post The Failure of William … [Read more...]

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...]