What is Christianity? Part 16

In his book Naming the Elephant (hereafter: NTE), the Christian apologist James Sire raises various objections against his previous analysis of the concept of a “worldview” that he had presented in his earlier book The Universe Next Door (hereafter: TUND).I have reviewed three of Sire’s objections to his earlier cognitivist analysis of the concept of a “worldview” and argued that those objections were unsuccessful (see previous posts 10, 11, 12, and 13).In post 15, I argued that Sire's be … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 15

In his book Naming the Elephant (hereafter: NTE), the Christian apologist James Sire raises various objections against his analysis of the concept of a "worldview" that he had presented in his earlier book The Universe Next Door (hereafter: TUND).I have reviewed three of Sire's objections to his earlier cognitivist analysis of the concept of a "worldview" and argued that those objections were unsuccessful (see previous posts 10, 11, 12, and 13).I plan to review more of Sire's objections f … [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...]

What is Christianity? Part 8

I have a cognitivist view of religions, and of Christianity in particular.1.  Christianity is something that can be true (or false).2. An experience is NOT something that can be true (or false).3. A feeling is NOT something that can be true (or false).4. A commitment is NOT something that can be true (or false).5. A relationship is NOT something that can be true (or false).Therefore:6.  Christianity is NOT an experience, or a feeling, or a commitment, or a r … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 6

Evangelical Christians buy T-shirts and bumper stickers that proclaim this slogan:Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ.http://www.christianapparelshop.com/p-526-christianity-is-not-a-religion-christian-t-shirt.aspx?The problem with this slogan is that a relationship is NOT the sort of thing that can be true (or false):1. If Christianity is a relationship, then Christianity is true only if a relationship is the sort of thing that can be true (or … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 5

In his book The Universe Next Door (IVP, 3rd edition, 1997; hereafter: TUND), James Sire speaks of worldviews as things that can be true:...I am convinced that for any of us to be fully conscious intellectually we should not only be able to detect the worldviews of others but be aware of our own--why it is ours and why in light of so many options we think it is true.  (TUND, p.10, emphasis added)In the opening pages of Chapter 1, Sire loosely equates faiths, worldviews, and collections o … [Read more...]

What is Christianity? Part 2

One objection to my cognitivist view of religion and Christianity is this popular little bit of stupidity:"Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with Jesus Christ."I have three initial responses to this statement: (1) read your freaking bible, (2) read your freaking dictionary, and (3) use your freaking brain.1. READ YOUR BIBLEIn Chapter 26 of Acts, the apostle Paul defends himself before King Agrippa and speaks of "our religion":1  Agrippa said to Paul, “You ha … [Read more...]


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