February 2, 2020

WHERE WE ARE In Part 20 of this series of posts I showed that Kreeft’s three sub-arguments supporting key premises (B), (C), and (D) of his core argument constituting Objection #7 (against the Swoon Theory) all FAIL, and that the failure of just one of those three sub-arguments is sufficient reason to conclude that Objection #7 against the Swoon Theory FAILS.  Thus, we have three good reasons, each sufficient by itself, to conclude that Objection #7 FAILS, just like Kreeft’s Objections #1,… Read more

February 1, 2020

WHERE WE ARE In Part 1 I argued that three of the “six key facts” presented by Trump’s defense team are IRRELEVANT, and that another of the “six key facts” is relevant but INSIGNIFICANT, because based on the statements of politicians who had a strong vested interest in NOT telling the truth on this issue. In Part 2 I argued that one of the two remaining “key facts” is IRRELEVANT, so that at least four of the “six key facts”… Read more

January 28, 2020

WHERE WE ARE In Part 1 of this series,  I argued that AT LEAST three out of  the “six key facts” that Trump’s defense team were focusing on in their case for Trump are IRRELEVANT to the main questions at issue, and that a fourth of those “six key facts” was relevant but INSIGNIFICANT because it is based on the statements of politicians who have a strong vested interest in not telling the truth on this question. In this post… Read more

January 27, 2020

This is not ENTIRELY off topic, because it involves thinking critically about reasons and arguments. I have extensive education and experience related to criticism of arguments, especially of really crappy arguments presented by Christian apologists. In this post I will criticize some really crappy arguments presented by Trump’s defense team. Here is a CNN article that I’m drawing quotes from: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/25/politics/fact-checking-opening-statements-by-trump-legal-team/index.html Deputy White House Counsel Mike Purpura focused on “six key facts”: President Donald Trump’s legal team kicked off their… Read more

January 24, 2020

WHERE WE ARE In Chapter 8 of his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA), Peter Kreeft has raised nine objections against The Swoon Theory, as part of his case attempting to prove that Jesus rose from the dead. In previous posts I have argued that his Objection #1, Objection #2, Objection #3, Objection #4, Objection #5, Objection #6, and Objection #8 all FAIL as objections against The Swoon Theory, and also FAIL as objections against the more general view that I call The Survival Theory.  None of those objections prove that the Swoon Theory is… Read more

January 21, 2020

KREEFT’S STATMENT OF OBJECTION #7 Here is Peter Kreeft’s statement of his Objection #7 against the Swoon Theory from Chapter 8 of  his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter referred to as HCA): How could a swooning half-dead man have moved the great stone at the door of the tomb? Who moved the stone if not an angel? No one has ever answered that question. Neither the Jews nor the Romans would move it, for it was in both their interests to… Read more

January 14, 2020

I knew that I had advanced to candidacy for a PhD in philosophy at UCSB back in 1991, but I did not realize that I had earned a graduate degree and diploma from UCSB because of that.  I just found out a few weeks ago that I had earned a graduate degree and diploma from UCSB, and then I requested that UCSB send me my diploma. The diploma arrived in the mail today, about 29 and 1/2 years after I… Read more

January 2, 2020

WHERE WE ARE Here, once more, is Peter Kreeft’s Objection #6 against the Swoon Theory, from Chapter 8 of his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA): How were the Roman guards at the tomb overpowered by a swooning corpse?  Or by unarmed disciples?  And if the disciples did it, they knowingly lied when they wrote the Gospels, and we are into the conspiracy theory, which we will refute shortly.  (HCA, p.183) Kreeft is making the following four points in the… Read more

December 29, 2019

OBJECTION #6: THE GUARDS AT THE TOMB  In Chapter 8 of his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA), Peter Kreeft has raised nine objections against The Swoon Theory, as part of his case attempting to prove that Jesus rose from the dead.  In previous posts I have argued that his Objection #1, Objection #2, Objection #3, Objection #4, Objection #5, and Objection #8 all FAIL as objections against The Swoon Theory, and also FAIL as objections against the more general… Read more

December 25, 2019

What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so – Mark Twain *   I believe that what gets Joe Hinman into trouble is not so much what he doesn’t know as what he knows for sure that just ain’t so. According to Hinman: He [Brad Bowen] knows nothing about biblical scholarship… On the other hand Hinman claims to have expertise in this area: It’s my field not his… When… Read more

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