Saying that Jesus maybe never existed, doesn’t go over well with most Christians. Many cling to the idea that the stories of the Gospels are true, eyewitness accounts of historical events. In scholarly circles, this view is fortunately much less accepted.
How strong is the case for a historical Jesus really? Is he man or myth? Or perhaps a little of both? This article delves in to how little we actually know about the life and death of Jesus.
Before the European Enlightenment, virtually all New Testament experts assumed that handed-down stories about Jesus were first recorded by eye witnesses and were largely biographical. That is no longer the case. Assuming that the Jesus stories had their beginnings in one single person rather than a composite of several—or even in mythology itself—he probably was a wandering Jewish teacher in Roman-occupied Judea who offended the authorities and was executed. Beyond that, any knowledge about the figure…
Source: The evidence that Jesus ever existed is weaker than you might think
Grasping at straws
I am well aware that online news outlets use a method called “clickbaiting“, to encourage users to visit their site. Most of the time it is annoying, sometimes it leads to interesting articles but there are also times where it just goes too far. On Twitter, I saw a link to an article entitled “Newly revealed discovery provides scientific evidence for biblical account of Jesus’ crucifixion“. The editor, Chris Enloe, is either a master clickbaiter or he is desperately grasping at straws by using a find in Northern Italy as scientific evidence for the biblical account of the crucifixion of Jesus.
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Why do atheists lie to themselves?
I made the tweet below as a kind of joke. I liked the contrast between the words “fallen” and “risen”. In reply I got a tweet from the account of “Inspired Walk“, a Christian apologetics site which contained a link to a video entitled “Why do atheists lie to themselves?”. I have commented on their stuff before and found it to be thoroughly unconvincing.
So let’s have a look at “Why do atheists lie to themselves?” and then see if there’s anything to it, shall we?
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Book review: Atheism for Muslims
Several weeks ago, Adam Wadi, the author of “Atheism for Muslims: A guide to questioning Islam, religion and God for a better future” contacted me through my blog. He wanted to alert me that his book was available for free for a limited time because he felt I might be interested in it, considering other reviews I wrote about atheism related books. We had a pleasant exchange over email and I promised him to leave a review. It took me a while to finish the book (due to personal circumstances) but here is my book review: Atheism for Muslims.
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On February 18 I responded to a challenging tweet from a Christian by the name of Christopher Andrus. We tweeted back and forth a bit and he invited me to read two articles on the website Christianity is True. It is his own blog and the articles he invited me to read are: “Evidence & arguments for the Existence of the God of the Bible” and “Ten Widely-believed Fallacies Today“. He asked me to read these articles when I asked him what convinced him that Christianity is true. I have good reason to say that Christianity isn’t true but to humour him, I decided to read his articles to see if they answered my questions. They didn’t and when I returned to Twitter to ask him about that, he simply didn’t respond despite me repeating my question.
I should point out that Andrus asked me to leave any comments or views on his own blog but I have decided I won’t do that and write my rebuttal here. The reason for that is that he ignored my questions for clarification on Twitter so I have no reason to believe taking the discussion to his blog will be helpful in gaining understanding.
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For those of you who like to read my blog, you’ll know I like to take answer these “Questions for atheists” lists that believers publish. They seem to think that these questions are clever, insightful and sure to stump any atheist. More often than not they are actually the opposite. Inane questions that are filled to the brim with presuppositions, lack of current scientific understanding and extremely leading are the norm. Nothing that would stump most atheists because we’ve thought about all these things and more often that not, that’s why we’re atheists.
The following list apparently appears in Dr. Norman Geisler’s book “Conversational Evangelism” and if it’s any indication of the quality of rest of the book, my advice would be to steer clear of this title. So without further ado, here is the list of “clever” questions for atheists!