Swinburne’s Case for God – Part 5

The first phase of Swinburne's case for God is in his book The Coherence of Theism, where he argues that the sentence 'God exists' is a meaningful declarative sentence that makes a coherent statement.  The middle section of this book covers his concept of a 'contingent' God, which is basically the God of traditional theism minus the problematic belief that God is a necessary being.I won't try to give a blow-by-blow account of these important chapters, but will give a general description of … [Read more...]

Zombie Ayn Rand

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Checklist: Evaluating Claims about Jesus – Part 3

This is an excerpt from Part 17 of my Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus posts:=================================Doubting the Doubting Thomas StoryWhy doubt the Doubting Thomas story? There are three different kinds of considerations that support a skeptical view of the Doubting Thomas story.1. General Problems with the Gospels – including the Fourth Gospela. It was written by a Christian believer with the purpose of promoting Christian beliefs.b. It was probably not w … [Read more...]

Checklist: Evaluating Claims about Jesus – Part 2

This is an excerpt from Part 17 of my Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus posts:=================================Doubting the Doubting Thomas StoryWhy doubt the Doubting Thomas story? There are three different kinds of considerations that support a skeptical view of the Doubting Thomas story.1. General Problems with the Gospels – including the Fourth Gospela. It was written by a Christian believer with the purpose of promoting Christian beliefs.b. It was probably not written by a … [Read more...]

THE HYPERBOLE EXCUSE

Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/pastor-sean-harris-beat-gay-children-sermon_n_1474510.html?ref=gay-voices Typical. Whenever an extremist is called out for making violent and hateful remarks, the response is always the same: "Just kidding. Hah hah. I was only using hyperbole to make a point." OK, well, I guess sauce for the goose... I think a 320 pound, heavily tattooed, leather-clad gay biker should collar Rev. Harris, beat his bigoted butt with a baseball bat, … [Read more...]

Checklist: Evaluating Claims about Jesus – Part 1

A comment by ‘Pulse’ on one of my recent posts about the resurrection, has sparked an idea: the need for a checklist of historical criteria for claims about Jesus.  One purpose for such a checklist is to enable others to think critically about claims about Jesus.  Another purpose would be to enable one (myself included) to think more systematically and objectively about such questions, to avoid ‘cherry picking’ the relevant evidence.Jesus scholars often discuss and use criteria of authe … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus: INDEX

PART 7http://secularoutpost.infidels.org/2011/12/argument-against-resurrection-of-jesus_07.htmlI think the best way to make a case for my skeptical view of the resurrection, is to develop a dilemma, following the lead of the great Enlightenment skeptic David Hume.The main question at issue is: Did God raise Jesus from the dead? But at the crux of my skeptical argument will be the following claim:(JAW) Jesus of Nazareth was alive and walking around unassisted on the first … [Read more...]

New Chick Tracts

Jack Chick celebrates hell, and shows that his version of the Christian God is a seriously nasty character. The sheer obnoxiousness of the divine moral order as envisioned by Chick may even call into question atheistic attempts to use evil to argue against the existence of an omnibenevolent God. If someone can endorse this sort of hell, and such an arbitrary way of consigning people to hell, as central to the schemes of an omnibenevolent God, they shouldn't have too much difficulty shrugging … [Read more...]