June 29, 2019

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. (NOTE: 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 Jesus SURVIVED crucifixion.)… Read more

June 26, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT In Part 4 of this series I argued that premise (1c) of Dr. Sean George’s argument is FALSE: 1c. Dr. Sean George was clinically dead for 1 hour and 25 minutes and then he came back to life without any neurological problems. (factual claim) The data that George provided only shows that he was clinically dead for at least 75 minutes or 1 hour and 15 minutes, but we can revise this premise and his argument to… Read more

June 7, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT In Part 1 of this series of posts, I argued that Peter Kreeft’s definition of “the Swoon Theory” should be rejected, because if we accept his definition, then his case for the resurrection of Jesus immediately FAILS. Kreeft’s definition of “the Swoon Theory”asserts a specific explanation for the behavior of the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus: (JAD) Jesus had swooned (or was unconscious) and he appeared to be dead, so the Roman soldiers mistakenly believed that… Read more

June 3, 2019

The prostate gland. Note that objections to this argument will be taken seriously only if made by men 65 or older. Read more

June 1, 2019

In Chapter 8 of his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (co-authored with Ronald Tacelli), Peter Kreeft attempts to disprove the Swoon Theory as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus.  Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose from the dead. Kreeft believes there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus, and the Swoon Theory is one of those theories:     In… Read more

June 1, 2019

Dr. Peter Kreeft believes there are only five possible theories about the alleged resurrection of Jesus, and the Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) is one of those theories: In Chapter 8 of his Handbook of Christian Apologetics (co-authored with Ronald Tacelli), Peter Kreeft attempts to disprove the Conspiracy Theory (TCT), as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus.  Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose… Read more

May 30, 2019

WHERE WE ARE AT Peter Kreeft raises seven objections against The Conspiracy Theory (hereafter: TCT) in an attempt to disprove that theory, as part of an elimination-of-alternatives argument for the resurrection of Jesus.  Kreeft thinks that by disproving four skeptical theories, he can show that the Christian theory is true, that Jesus actually rose from the dead. In previous posts, I argued that Kreeft’s Objection #1, Objection #2, Objection #3, Objection #4, Objection #5, and Objection #6 were all miserable… Read more

May 26, 2019

GEORGE’S ARGUMENT FOR HIS MIRACLE CLAIM In his main web article, Dr. Sean George appears to put forward the following simple argument: 1. Dr. Sean George rose from the dead. (factual claim) A. Only God can cause a person to rise from the dead. (metaphysical claim) THEREFORE: 2. God raised Dr. Sean George from the dead. (miracle claim) In Part 3 of this series of posts, I argued that various clarifications were needed in order for this argument to be… Read more

May 24, 2019

Dr. Sean George implies a miracle claim in the title of his main online article: The day God raised me from the Dead The miracle claim that this title clearly implies is this: God raised me from the dead. To make this claim clear, we need to replace the personal pronoun “me” with its intended referent: God raised Dr. Sean George from the dead. At the top of the web page just above the title of the article, is a… Read more

May 16, 2019

In part I of this series, I showed that the Euthyphro dilemma consists of the following two options: (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. I also argued that these two options are mutually exclusive and that, from this, we can infer the following two claims: Claim 1: If the… Read more

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