Easter is upon us, and perhaps fate is making a deliberate joke by placing it on April Fool’s Day. But let’s set that aside and review some Easter topics from previous blog posts.
- Jesus: Just One More Dying and Rising Savior: Mythology has many precedents to the story of the resurrection of Jesus. Let’s look at some of these gods and see if they’re any less compelling than Jesus.
- Response to “Top 10 Myths About Jesus’ Resurrection”: Mike Licona, a Christian apologist, has identified what he says are 10 myths about the resurrection. Is he right?
- 10 Reasons the Crucifixion Story Makes No Sense: The crucifixion story? Not that big a deal. Here are 10 reasons why it makes no sense.
- Contradictions in the Resurrection Account: How many days did Jesus teach after his resurrection? Was it 40 days as Acts says or less than one as Luke says? Matthew writes about an earthquake that opened graves and sent reanimated corpses walking around Jerusalem. Why didn’t the other gospels write about this remarkable event? These and many more contradictions make us wonder if the gospel account is history or merely legend.
- Scholarly Consensus for the Resurrection? Not Really. Gary Habermas is well known for his “minimal facts” case for the resurrection of Jesus. He says that most critical scholars agree with him, but his argument collapses with investigation.
- Responding to the Minimal Facts Argument for the Resurrection: With this argument, Gary Habermas hopes to make a short and sweet case for the resurrection. I’m not impressed.
- 8 Lessons Learned from the Minimal Facts Argument: We’ve explored the five claims in the Minimal Facts argument for the resurrection. Now let’s extract the lessons learned.
- So How Does an ATHEIST Explain the Resurrection Story? We’ve been debunking Gary Habermas’s claims in favor of the resurrection. But now it’s the atheist’s turn to explain the facts.
- Women at the Tomb Are Weak Evidence for the Resurrection: Apologists love to bring up the women at the tomb. Women weren’t reliable witnesses in Jewish culture at the time, so why would the gospel authors place them there … unless the story were true? But the story unravels with a little scrutiny.
- Shroud of Turin: An Easter Miracle? What are we to make of the Shroud of Turin? Is it a miracle or a fake?
- 500 Eyewitnesses to the Risen Christ? 9 Reasons Why It’s Not Likely: The apostle Paul claims that 500 people saw Jesus alive after his crucifixion. This claim is popular among apologists who imagine this as strong evidence that the crucifixion is historical. This argument crumbles under scrutiny.
- Easter Critique: the Bible Can’t Even Get its Punch Line Straight (Infographic): The Easter story is the Bible’s punch line. It’s the solution to Mankind’s problem. But is it history or fiction? Untangle the elements of the story to see that the gospels radically disagree with each other.
- The Bible Defeats Its Own Resurrection Story: A popular Christian apologetic argument backfires, and the Bible doesn’t help. This makes the Bible’s resurrection argument even weaker.
which will stop working when its components fail.
There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers;
that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
— Stephen Hawking
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