Catholics constituted 20.8% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014, see the Religious Landscape Study), and Christians who belong to Evangelical Protestant denominations constituted 25.4% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014). So, if we combine Catholics and Evangelicals, they constituted 46.2% of the adult population in the USA (in 2014). … One Christian Worldview? Part 4: Evangelical Denominations
The Bible was written in ancient times by many authors. Over a thousand years separated the earliest from the most recent writings. Naturally, the Bible reflects the cultural and intellectual milieus of the times and places of its composition. Unless one is theologically committed to the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, it should not be embarrassing … Sins of Omission: What the Bible does not Say
I have also made a podcast on this subject: Podcast 4: Is There Just One Christian Worldview or Many? There is a PowerPoint (in a PDF) available with the content of the podcast: PowerPoint for Podcast 4 My previous podcasts are available here: Thinking Critically About: Is Christianity True?
(A mostly silly puzzle about Holy Communion) The Christian sacrament of Communion can be viewed according to two main competing theoretical perspectives. The first can be called the “symbolic presence” account, according to which the bread and wine are nothing more than symbolic representations of the body and blood of Jesus. On this view, … The Homeopathic Christ Problem
In Part 2 of this series I presented an argument for the conclusion that there is just ONE Christian worldview. The most important and controversial premise in that argument is premise (3): 3. The Four Basic Beliefs of Christianity are accepted by the Catholic Church, by Eastern Orthodox Churches, and by many major Protestant denominations. Because … One Christian Worldview? Part 3: The Compendium
Buddhism has the Four Noble Truths, and I think that those beliefs constitute a worldview, namely the Buddhist worldview. I also believe that the logic of the Four Noble Truths can be applied to analyze other worldviews, including the worldview (or worldviews) of Christianity. Here is my analysis of the ONE Christian worldview, based on … One Christian Worldview? Part 2: An Argument
It is springtime! The sky is blue, and the sun is shining again here in the great and green Northwest. Every year Easter brings life back into me. I feel born again, inspired and energized to once again attack the beast (i.e. Christianity/religion/superstition). I might be tilting at a windmill, but I’m delighted to be back … Did Jesus Die on the Cross? Part 2: Finishing Off Geisler’s Case
According to the Christian philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler: Before we [i.e. Christian believers] can show that Jesus rose from the dead, we need to show that he really did die. (When Skeptics Ask, p.120) William Lane Craig does not understand this basic principle concerning the alleged resurrection of Jesus, and as a result his case for … Did Jesus Die on the Cross? Part 1: Geisler’s Case
Elvis Presley was born on January 8th in 1935. If he was alive today, he would be 82 years old. Elvis died on August 16th in 1977, but many have claimed to have seen Elvis alive since that time. Such sightings are still being reported: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/578658/elvis-presley-birthday-not-dead-died-alive http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/683314/ELVIS-NOT-DEAD-Graceland-groundsman-filmed-THIS-MONTH-is-King-aged-81 And there is even an Elvis Sighting Society, … Ain’t No Flies on Elvis
BBC News has a story describing an interesting survey. Several particular results stand out: Half of the respondents reported that they do not believe that the Resurrection happened. But of these, many also identified as Christians. About one-fourth of respondents who identified as Christians reported that they do not believe that the Resurrection occurred. So … Christianity without Belief in the Resurrection?