Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 18

There are reasonable doubts about each of the major wounds allegedly inflicted upon Jesus. This in turn leads to reasonable doubt about the claim that Jesus died on the cross on the same day that he was crucified.  Because the occurrence of each alleged major wound significantly increases the probability that Jesus died on the cross on the same day he was crucified, the non-occurrence of each major wound significantly decreases the probability that Jesus died on the cross on … [Read more...]

More secular (and obnoxious, and stupid) Millennials

I've been looking at some social psychology research concerning the so-called "Millennial" generation, in their twenties today. (I figure it doesn't hurt to know more about my students.)Often, the research finds that the Millennials are an obnoxious, shallow, and stupid bunch. (OK, that's my take on it. But basically, reading the survey results, my usual reaction is that I hate most of them.)But since Millennials tend towards self-centered consumerism and moral individualism (even more than the … [Read more...]

Swinburne’s Case for God – Part 2

The purpose of the first of five phases of Swinburne's case for God is to show that the statement 'God exists' makes a coherent factual (logically contingent) statement.  He thinks he has accomplished this in his book The Coherence of Theism (revised edition, hereafter: COT) for a somewhat pared-down concept of God, that he calls a 'contingent God'.  A 'contingent God' is one that has most of the usual divine attributes, except for necessary being.The meat of COT is in Part … [Read more...]

Secular Scandinavia

Well, I'm back from my trip to Norway and Sweden, and when you add this to my previous trip to Denmark, I can now pretend to be an expert on all things Scandinavian.Still, I did have a chance to ask locals (humanities and social science types, mostly) about whether the Scandinavian reputation for secularity and irrelevance of religion to much of the population is accurate. The answers I got were mostly yes. Some observed that newagey paranormal beliefs can be very popular, but it's also true … [Read more...]

Swinburne’s Case for God – Part 1

Richard Swinburne's case for God can be broken down into five phases:I.  The Coherence of TheismII.  The Nature of the Universe as Evidence for GodIII. The Nature of Human Life as Evidence for GodIV.  Religious Experience as Evidence for GodV.  The Life of Jesus as Evidence for GodPhase I is presented in Swinburne's book The Coherence of Theism (revised edition, hereafter: COT).  He argues that the assertion 'God exists' makes a coherent and contingent factual … [Read more...]

New Chick Tract

Jack Chick does global warming denial.As a bonus, Chick's "Was it ‘Global Warming’ or God’s Warning?" argues that extreme weather events in the US are due to the US not being friendly enough to Israeli interests. Presumably if we slaughter more Muslims, we will have fewer tornadoes. … [Read more...]

Messianic Prophecy

Since The Secular Outpost is more focused on naturalism and atheism, and because I'm already making lots of posts here about the resurrection of Jesus, I'm continuing my critique of messianic prophecy on my own blog: plan to slowly work my way through the … [Read more...]

Argument Against the Resurrection of Jesus – Part 17

A quick review of previous posts on this topic...Parts 7-10 discuss the first lemma of a dilemma argument.The first lemma is based on the supposition that JAW is not the case.JAW = Jesus was alive and walking around on the first Easter Sunday.Part 11 (December 17th) summarizes the previous discussion of the first lemma.I argued that if this basic Christian assumption is NOT the case, then the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is weak and we should conclude that the skeptical view of the … [Read more...]