May 3, 2019

Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT).  In previous posts (post #4, post #5, post #6, and post #7) I have argued that his Objection #1 was a miserable FAILURE. Here is Kreeft’s very brief Objection #2 against TCT: If they made up the story, they were the most creative, clever, intelligent fantasists in history, far surpassing Shakespeare, or Dante, or Tolkien. Fisherman’s “fish stories” are never that elaborate, that convincing, that life-changing, and that enduring. This… Read more

April 30, 2019

According to Peter Kreeft, there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus. The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those five theories. Kreeft raises seven objections against  TCT. We are currently considering Objection #1.  Kreeft lays out this objection by quoting Blaise Pascal: ..imagine these twelve men [the twelve apostles] meeting after Jesus’ death and conspiring to say that he has risen from the dead. This means attacking all the powers that be. The human heart… Read more

April 23, 2019

According to Peter Kreeft, there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus:     The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those five theories. Kreeft raises seven objections against TCT.  Objection #1 FAILS, because it makes various historical assumptions about the twelve apostles without providing any historical evidence for those assumptions.   OUR IGNORANCE ABOUT THE TWELVE In Part 5 of this series,  I presented a number of points from A Marginal Jew, Volume III,… Read more

April 21, 2019

There are five different possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus, according to Peter Kreeft:     The Conspiracy Theory is one of the skeptical theories about the resurrection.  See Part 3 of this series for my clarification of the content of TCT.   THE ABSENCE OF HISTORICAL EVIDENCE In Part 4 of this series I replied to Objection #1 of Peter Kreeft’s seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). In today’s post, I will provide evidence to support… Read more

April 20, 2019

There are five different possible theories, according to Peter Kreeft, about the alleged resurrection of Jesus:     Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT). See Part 3 of this series for my clarification of the content of TCT. In today’s post, I will consider Kreeft’s first objection to TCT.   OBJECTION #1 AGAINST TCT For his first objection to TCT, Peter Kreeft quotes Blaise Pascal: …The hypothesis that the Apostles were knaves is quite absurd…. Read more

April 13, 2019

In Part 2 of this series, I argued that Peter Kreeft suggested at least seven different definitions of “The Conspiracy Theory” (herafter: TCT), each of which was WRONG.  In order to refute TCT, Kreeft must clearly characterize or define TCT, so his refutation FAILS right out of the starting gate. But in order to evaluate Kreeft’s objections to TCT, we need some sort of definition of TCT that is clearer than what Kreeft provided, and that has some plausibility.  So,… Read more

April 7, 2019

Handbook of Christian Apologetics (hereafter: HCA) was co-authored by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli.  In HCA, Kreeft attempts to prove that Jesus rose from the dead by disproving four skeptical theories related to the alleged resurrection of Jesus.  One of the skeptical theories that Kreeft attempts to disprove is called “The Conspiracy Theory” (which I will refer to as: TCT). Before Kreeft can disprove TCT, he must clearly characterize or define that theory.  But Kreeft is too vague and unclear in his… Read more

April 6, 2019

At the NW Miracles Conference, I discussed the question “Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?” with Christian thinker Hans Vodder, who has graduate degrees in both philosophy and theology. We were, however, just the warm-up act for the big closing event of the conference: a debate between Michael Shermer and Luuk van de Weghe about the miracles of Jesus. Luuk used the very old (ancient?) apologetic argument for the resurrection of Jesus: the apostles were neither deceived nor… Read more

April 6, 2019

In addition to discussing the question “Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?” at the NW Miracles Conference with Hans Vodder (a Christian thinker with graduate degrees in both philosophy and theology), Hans and I were given an opportunity to “cross examine” Dr. Sean George, concerning his claim that God had raised him from the dead. Dr. Sean George was also a speaker at the conference, and he had previously given a presentation in support of this miracle claim…. Read more

April 6, 2019

I was invited to be a speaker at the NW Miracles Conference, thanks to Bob Seidensticker who suggested to the conference organizer that I could represent a skeptical viewpoint on the question “Is it ever reasonable to believe miracle claims?” I came prepared with a PowerPoint presentation called “Belief in Miracles”, but because of time constraints and concerns about switching back and forth between different speakers with different PowerPoints, I had to rely on my memory of the contents of the… Read more

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