WHERE WE ARE In Part 9 of this series I began to examine the core argument of Kreeft’s Objection #1 (Too Many Witnesses) against the Hallucination Theory: B. IF on multiple occasions more than two persons had the same experience of an alleged appearance of the risen Jesus at the same time, THEN it is … Defending the Hallucination Theory – Part 10: Evaluation of the Group-Hallucination Principle
WHERE WE ARE In the previous five posts of this series, I have shown that the best case scenario (for Christian apologetics) is that MOST of Josh McDowell’s objections against the Hallucination Theory in his book The Resurrection Factor (hereafter: TRF) are WORTHLESS CRAP: One problem that I pointed out with Objection TRF5 (No Expectancy) is … Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Part 6: The NO FAVORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES Objection (TRF4)
SKEPTICAL CLAIMS ABOUT SUPERNATURAL BELIEFS Two points from my List of Key Points about the resurrection relate directly to skepticism about the supernatural: 1. Nobody KNOWS that supernatural beings exist. 2. Nobody KNOWS that supernatural events occur. There are two more related points that should be added to the above two points: 21. Nobody KNOWS … Why I Reject the Resurrection – Part 4: Skepticism about the Supernatural
Some practitioners of meditative disciplines or people who have had mystical experiences claim to attain a state of “pure consciousness” (PC). PC is supposed to be a state where one is conscious, but is not conscious of anything. That is, it is completely objectless, or if it has any object at all, the object is … Is Pure Consciousness Possible?
The Beating Heart of Unapologetic The heart of the book Unapologetic is Chapter 5: “Why Philosophy of Religion Must End”, and the heart of Chapter 5 is the Ten Reasons that Loftus gives for this conclusion (in the subsection of Chapter 5 titled “Why Philosophy of Relgion Must End,” on pages 131-135), and the heart … Unapologetic Review – Part 5: The Meaning of “Faith”
A comment by hisXmark on one of my recent posts challenged the value of philosophy: The nature of knowledge is not to be found in philosophy, it is to be found in neuroscience and psychology. All that remains of philosophy is myth and fairy tale. Like its stepchild, theology, philosophy is fantasy that has lost … Philosophy as Astrology
(This is a guest post by Evan Fales about Deepak Chopra’s recent challenge to the new atheists.) This is a publicity stunt. He’s smart enough to have picked what may be the biggest unsolved puzzle for naturalism. At the same time, his challenge is seriously vague in its wording. What exactly does he mean by … Evan Fales: Deepak Chopra’s $1M Prize is a Publicity Stunt
This book will be published May 15, 2013. Here is the book’s description on Amazon: Mind, Brain, and Free Will presents a powerful new case for substance dualism (the idea that humans consist of two parts–body and soul) and for libertarian free will (that humans have some freedom to choose between alternatives, independently of the … Richard Swinburne’s newest book: Mind, Brain, and Free Will
A reader recently asked me this question. I was raised Catholic and even as a child I just couldn’t believe that if there was a God who created the universe and, by extension, us, that He wouldn’t expect us to use our brain to reason and learn was was real and unreal. My major concern, … If There Is No God, Then Why Do So Many People Believe in God?