The Carrier-Barnes Exchange on Fine-Tuning

Reader GGDFan77 asked me for my thoughts on the exchange between Dr. Richard Carrier, who I respect and consider a friend, and Dr. Luke Barnes regarding fine-tuning arguments. I initially responded in a series of comments in the combox for my post about Hugh Ross's estimates for the probability of life-permitting prebiotic conditions. But those turned out to be so lengthy that I think the topic deserves its own dedicated post.Here's some brief context for readers not familiar with the … [Read more...]

Richard Carrier Responds to Uncommon Descent on Atheism and Suicide

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Did Jesus Exit? – Part 22

I have argued that the agreement that exists between the seven gospel sources concerning the Minimal Jesus Hypothesis, could be explained on the basis of the common cultural idea of a 'Messiah'. I conceded, however, that the crucifixion of the Messiah was not a part of the expectation of first century Palestinian Jews, but pointed out that the crucifixion of Jesus and surrounding events are described only in Mark and the Gospel of Peter, and not in the other gospel sources that Ehrman points us … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Index

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2013/06/05/did-jesus-exit-part-1/ Introduction to the issue: Did Jesus exist?http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2013/06/07/did-jesus-exit-part-2/ Outline of Did Jesus Exist? By Bart Ehrman. Various skeptical points by Ehrman, especially the insignificance of non-Christian historical sources.http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularoutpost/2013/06/10/did-jesus-exit-part-3/ Keith Parson’s advice and Bart Ehrman on the Minimal Jesus H … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 21

I have reviewed Q, M, and L passages, looking for crucifixion-related events.The Gospel of Mark includes several crucifixion-related events in Chapters 14 and 15:1. The Plot to Kill Jesus 2. The Anointing at Bethany 3. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 4. The Passover with the Disciples 5. The Institution of the Lord's Supper 6. Peter's Denial Foretold 7. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane 8. The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus 9. Jesus Before the Council 10. Peter Denies Jesus 11. Jesus Before … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 20

The Minimal Jesus Hypothesis (MJH) can be stated in terms of a list of a dozen attributes:A1. This person was a flesh-and-blood person. A2. This person was an adherent of Judaism. A3. This person was a male descendant of the Hebrew people. A4. This person lived in Palestine as an adult (in his twenties and/or thirties) in the 20s CE. A5. This person was know to be a preacher of religious beliefs. A6. This person was known to be a preacher of moral values. A7. This person was known to … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 19

In Part 14, we saw that Mark portrays Jesus as a devout follower of the Jewish faith. In Part 15, we saw that Q portrays Jesus as a devout follower of the Jewish faith. Does L, the special source used by Luke, portray Jesus as an adherent of Judaism? as a devout follower of the Jewish faith? While the evidence is not as extensive as it is in the case of Mark and Q, the evidence is fairly clear that Jesus is portrayed by L as a devout follower of the Jewish faith.Jesus and the Jewish … [Read more...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 18

When I was a young boy, I enjoyed watching many episodes of Superman on a black-and-white television.  When I was about ten or eleven years old, my family would gather on evenings when the TV show Batman was on; we would eat hot-buttered popcorn while watching the show together.  Later in my life Hollywood began making blockbuster movies about superheroes.  Superman was one of the earlier blockbusters (1978).  For my birthday this year I received a set of Blu-Ray movies called The Dark Knight Tri … [Read more...]


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