September 2, 2019

HINMAN’S SAD LITTLE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE SURVIVAL THEORY In response to my criticism of Peter Kreeft’s weak and pathetic objections against the Survival Theory, Joe Hinman wrote the following in one of his blog posts: The second issue Bowen argues the book of John Implies the Romans were confused about Jesus’ death, quotes passages John 19: 31-33 to prove the Romans may have thought he was alive. The reasoning is one soldier pierced Jesus’ side the only reason to do… Read more

August 25, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT In Part #6 through Part #9, I have argued that Peter Kreeft’s “Break their Legs” objection, Objection #2 against The Survival Theory (TST),  is a complete FAILURE. Objection #2 has two main components, and can be summarized like this: 1. A Roman soldier decided to NOT break Jesus’ legs while Jesus was hanging on the cross because the soldier was firmly convinced that Jesus was already dead. 2. IF a Roman soldier decided to NOT break Jesus’ legs… Read more

August 21, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT Kreeft’s Objection #2 (the “Break their Legs” objection) against The Survival Theory (hereafter: TST) has at least three problems: PROBLEM 1:  Roman Soldiers were NOT Medical Doctors PROBLEM 2:  The Same Passage Implies the Soldiers were NOT Sure Jesus was Dead PROBLEM 3:  The Key Historical Claims Made by Kreeft are DUBIOUS In Part 7 of this series, I provided a list of ten different points related to Problem 3 with this objection. In Part 6… Read more

August 19, 2019

WHAT IS THE SWOON THEORY? Here are some things that The Swoon Theory is NOT: it is NOT a flavor of ice cream it is NOT a board game it is NOT an exotic pet it is NOT a poisonous insecticide it is NOT a sexual position it is NOT a type of aircraft it is NOT a kind of virus or microorganism it is NOT an astronomical body it is NOT a color or shape Obviously, there a millions… Read more

August 14, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT In Part 7 of this series, I presented Peter Kreeft’s “Break their Legs” Objection (i.e., Objection #2) against the swoon theory, and, more properly, against The Survival Theory (hereafter: TST).   I pointed out three significant problems with Objection #2: PROBLEM 1:  Roman Soldiers were NOT Medical Doctors PROBLEM 2:  The Same Passage Implies the Soldiers were NOT Sure Jesus was Dead PROBLEM 3:  The Key Historical Claims Made by Kreeft are DUBIOUS I also provided a… Read more

August 14, 2019

Recall the two options of the Euthyphro dilemma: (I) The reason that God commands that we perform morally obligatory actions is that they are morally obligatory. (II) Morally obligatory actions are morally obligatory in virtue of the fact that God commands that we perform them. In previous posts in this series I explained what the Euthyphro problem is and why it is a problem. Here is a brief summary of my conclusions: The Euthyphro problem is a problem for option… Read more

July 22, 2019

Peter Kreeft’s Objection #2 against the Survival Theory (TST) is based on a dubious passage from the 4th Gospel: The fact that the Roman soldier did not break Jesus’ legs, as he did to the other two crucified criminals (Jn 19:31-33), means that the soldier was sure Jesus was dead. Breaking the legs hastened the death so that the corpse could be taken down before the sabbath (v. 31).   (Handbook of Christian Apologetics, p. 183)   PROBLEM 1 WITH OBJECTION #2: … Read more

July 14, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT In this series of posts I will defend the Survival Theory (TST) against the nine objections that Peter Kreeft puts forward in Chapter 8 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA).   Kreeft’s nine objections to TST can also be found in an online article at the Strange Notions website. Kreeft mistakenly takes aim at the Swoon Theory, but in Part 1 of this series, I argue that he must take on the more general skeptical theory that… Read more

July 3, 2019

OBJECTION #8: THE WHERE DID JESUS GO? OBJECTION As I pointed out in Part 4  of this series, Peter Kreeft’s argument constituting Objection #8 against the Survival Theory (TST) is UNSOUND, because a key premise of that argument is clearly and obviously FALSE: 1. It is NOT the case that there is some historical data about Jesus’ life after his crucifixion. However, because this premise is so obviously false, we need to make an effort to find an interpretation (or… Read more

July 1, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT In this series of posts I will defend the Survival Theory (TST) against the nine objections that Peter Kreeft puts forward in Chapter 8 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA).   Kreeft’s nine objections to TST can also be found in an online article at the Strange Notions website. Kreeft mistakenly takes aim at the Swoon Theory, but in Part 1 of this series, I argue that he must take on the more general skeptical theory that… Read more

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