What is Christianity? Part 10

As Ninian Smart points out, there are secular worldviews as well as religious worldviews.   According to Smart, a religion is a religious worldview as opposed to a secular worldview.  Marxism and Secular Humanism are examples of secular worldviews.  Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam are examples of religions or religious worldviews.Smart, however, asserts that worldviews (both religious and secular) encompass six dimensions:The doctrinal or philosophical dimension The narrative … [Read more...]

Prof. Pruss on Hell and Free Choice

Prof. Alexander Pruss considers the traditional doctrine of hell and its alternatives:http://alexanderpruss.blogspot.com/2016/04/eternal-nagging-endless-second-chances.htmlThe three salient proposals, then, are these (2 and 3 are quotes from Prof. Pruss’s post):(1) The traditional doctrine: At death there can be no further changes in one’s eternal destiny.(2) Imposition: God imposes moral transformation on those who do not freely opt to love him.(3) Endless Second Chances: God … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? INDEX

The primary goal of my Ten Year Plan is to evaluate Christianity, to answer the question "Is Christianity true or is it false?"I have started a couple of series of posts related to this project. One series related to the project is called "What is Christianity?".  Here is a list of the posts in that series (so far), with brief  quotes from each post, to provide an idea of the content of that post:What is Christianity? - Part 1I am a cognitivist when it comes to the concept of a “re … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 9

As Ninian Smart points out, there are secular worldviews as well as religious worldviews.   A religion is a religious worldview as opposed to a secular worldview.  Marxism and Secular Humanism are examples of secular worldviews.  Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam are examples of religions or religious worldviews.Smart, however, asserts that worldviews (both religious and secular) encompass six dimensions:The doctrinal or philosophical dimensionThe narrative or mythic di … [Read more...]

The Intellectual Poverty of Ken Ham’s Presuppositionalist Meme

I recently saw a Twitter meme of Ken Ham making a crude appeal to a presuppositionalist type of argument against all non-Christians, not just atheists. I don't want to deal with any potential licensing issues with the image, so rather than display the image on my blog instead I'll quote the words below. Non-Christian scientists are really borrowing from the Christian worldview to carry out their observational science. Think about it. When they are doing observational science, using the … [Read more...]

The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry – Part 1

In this series I will discuss a recently published book called The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry (hereafter: TRACI).  It is not my intention to DO a critical inquiry into the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus in these posts.  Rather, I will be describing and commenting on the efforts of Michael J. Alter, the author of TRACI, to do a critical inquiry into the (alleged) resurrection of Jesus.I often complain about the intellectual laziness of Christian apologists.  I have dozens of books by Ch … [Read more...]

Nasty as you want to be: Bash Erdogan

Lately here at SO I have issued a number of calls for civility in discussions, eliciting some very uncivil responses from some quarters. Generally, though, the comments have been encouragingly positive and make me think that the rude and the crude, as always, make us overlook the good people. Yep, civility, restraint, and respect. All great.Wouldn't it be nice, though, if there were someone, an obnoxious, egotistical, irrational bully, say, whom you could bash and rip in perfectly good … [Read more...]

Think Airplane Legroom is Bad? Wait Until They Reduce Headroom!

Now that the U.S. Senate has defeated the airplane legroom amendment, airlines are breathing a big sigh of relief.In fact, according to several industry insiders -- who all spoke only on condition of anonymity -- their next move is to take away headroom. While the ceiling is normally 6' above the floor on jets like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, the airlines are considering a move to reduce the vertical clearance to 4.5' above the floor. For an additional fee -- ranging from $35-$300 … [Read more...]


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