My Twelve-Year Plan

In October of 2013, I came up with the idea of a Ten-Year plan to write a four-volume critique of Christianity:

Plan for a Multi-Volume Critique of Christianity

Some of my posts here at the Secular Outpost have been closely related to the Ten-Year plan and the topics it will cover.

In January of this year, I did a short post outlining the high-level logic of my critique of Christianity:

Ten-Year Plan: Revised Scope

I thought this plan was a bit ambitious, but I am now considering an even more ambitious project: a Twelve-Year Plan that includes a critique of various major world religions and secular worldviews.

I agree, to some extent, with complaints about philosophy of religion being too focused on Christian concepts and beliefs, and I agree with Ninian Smart and James Sire that secular worldviews should be studied along with world religions, as a basic part of a well-rounded college education.

My primary interest is in the philosophical study of religion, which asks evaluative questions, especially questions about the TRUTH of religious beliefs and points of view.  I am planning to incorporate discussion of various key concepts, principles, strategies, character traits, and skills of critical thinking into any book that I write on the critique of a religion or worldview.

I had intended to spend ten years on the question “Is Christianity true?”  But now I’m considering expanding the project to include the same question about various other religions and worldviews:

  1. Is Christianity true?
  2. Is Buddhism true?
  3. Is Secular Humanism true?
  4. Is Islam true?
  5. Is Hinduism true?
  6. Is Marxism true?
  7. Is Judaism true?
  8. Is Taoism true?
  9. Is Existentialism true?

My own leaning is towards Secular Humanism and Marxism, although I am open to objections and qualifications about both of these secular worldviews.

I still plan to do an in-depth evaluation of Christianity, which will involve composing four books just on Christianity.  But if I am to have a reasonable chance of completing this more ambitious project in just twelve years, then I will need to limit my time on Christianity to about four years (roughly one year per volume), and then I will need to formulate a critique of each of the remaining religions/worldviews at a pace of about one per year, writing one book on each.

My Twelve-Year Plan

2017: Book 1 on Christianity: Does God Exist?

2018: Book 2 on Christianity: Did Jesus Exist?

2019: Book 3 on Christianity: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

2020: Book 4 on Christianity: Was Jesus God?

2021: Book on a major eastern religion: Is Buddhism True?

2022: Book on a major secular worldview: Is Secular Humanism True?

2023: Book on a major western religion: Is Islam True?

2024: Book on a major eastern religion: Is Hinduism True?

2025: Book on a major secular worldview: Is Marxism True?

2026: Book on a major western religion: Is Judaism True?

2027: Book on a major eastern religion: Is Taoism True?

2028: Book on a major secular worldview: Is Existentialism True?