The Rise of Secular Tendencies in Society (though not necessarily full blown atheism yet)
The "not religiously affiliated" group is now a large societal group, although strict atheism is not yet surging. See article HERE. ... Read Article
Hypatia of Alexandria
Hypatia was an ancient female philosopher who taught neoplatonism. Though she saw rationality in the universe that was in some sense divine, she did not ascribe to any particular god and welcomed students of all backgrounds to her school. See the 5 minute video here to learn about Hypatia and how she was brutally murdered by Christians. via Aeon ... Read Article
Was Jesus Buried the Afternoon he was Crucified (Bart Ehrman’s Take)?
Check out this week's Misquoting Jesus podcast to see why Bart thinks Jesus was left on the cross to be food for the birds! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BXmyB6OT30 ... Read Article
The Analytic/Continental Divide in Philosophy
I come from the Continental Philosophy tradition and this professor's sentiments are mine as well: ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of More Objections to the Swoon Theory: INDEX
Posted on May 1, 2024 by Bradley Bowen
I have previously done a careful analysis of nine objections against the Swoon Theory presented by the Christian apologists Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (1994; hereafter: HCA): https://secularfrontier.infidels.org/2024/04/careful-analysis-of-objections-to-the-swoon-theory-index More recently, I have done a careful analysis of six more objections to the Swoon Theory presented by other Christian apologists, objections that do not correspond to any of the nine objections raised by Kreeft and Tacelli: Objection #15 (Jesus' Wounds) is the most recent addition to objections I will analyze and evaluate. I had initially thought Objection #15 was redundant with Objection #1 (Deadliness of Roman Crucifixion) presented by Kreeft and Tacelli in HCA. But on further reflection, I realized that these were two different objections, because Objection #1 focuses on the motivation and expertise of Roman soldiers in carrying out crucifixions, while Objection # ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of Objections to the Swoon Theory: Objection #15 (Jesus’ Wounds)
Posted on May 1, 2024 by Bradley Bowen
WHERE WE ARE The Christian apologists Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli presented nine objections against the Swoon Theory in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (published in 1994). I have carefully analyzed those nine objections and then carefully evaluated them. I concluded that each of those nine objections against the Swoon Theory FAIL. So, Kreeft and Tacelli FAILED to refute the Swoon Theory. Because their case for the resurrection of Jesus required them to refute the Swoon Theory, their case for the resurrection in Chapter 8 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics also FAILS. I am in the process of carefully analyzing and evaluating six more objections against the Swoon Theory, objections from other Christian apologists besides Kreeft and Tacelli. In this current post, I will carefully analyze one last objection against the Swoon Theory, one of the six objections by other Christian apologists that do not correspond to any of the nine objections presented by Kreeft and Tacelli in ... Read Article
Are Religious People or Secular People More Ethical?
In this video, a sociologist shows that on issue after issue (eg Racism), secular people take a more ethical stance than strongly religious people. For example, the more religious someone is, the less likely they are to believe climate change science or to do anything about it. Stay through to the end of the video where the presenter contrasts the efficacy of religion based morality and Darwinian evolution! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRAjw2f2Xsg ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of Objections to the Swoon Theory: Objection #14 (Last Words)
WHERE WE ARE The Christian apologists Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli presented nine objections against the Swoon Theory in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (published in 1994). I have carefully analyzed those nine objections and then carefully evaluated them. I concluded that each of those nine objections against the Swoon Theory FAIL. So, Kreeft and Tacelli FAILED to refute the Swoon Theory. Because their case for the resurrection of Jesus required them to refute the Swoon Theory, their case for the resurrection in Chapter 8 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics also FAILS. I am in the process of carefully analyzing and evaluating six more objections against the Swoon Theory, objections from other Christian apologists besides Kreeft and Tacelli. In this current post, I will carefully analyze an objection against the Swoon Theory by the Christian apologists Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell (Josh's son), one of the six objections that does not correspond to any of the nine object ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of Objections to the Swoon Theory: Objection #13 (Other Writers)
WHERE WE ARE The Christian apologists Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli presented nine objections against the Swoon Theory in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (published in 1994). I have carefully analyzed those nine objections and then carefully evaluated them. I concluded that each of those nine objections against the Swoon Theory FAIL. So, Kreeft and Tacelli FAILED to refute the Swoon Theory. Because their case for the resurrection of Jesus required them to refute the Swoon Theory, their case for the resurrection in Chapter 8 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics also FAILS. I am in the process of carefully analyzing and evaluating six more objections against the Swoon Theory, objections from other Christian apologists besides Kreeft and Tacelli. In this current post, I will carefully analyze an objection against the Swoon Theory, one of the objections that does not correspond to any of the nine objections presented by Kreeft and Tacelli in their Handbook of Christian Apologeti ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of Objections to the Swoon Theory: Objection #12 (Paul’s Conversion)
WHERE WE ARE The Christian apologists Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli presented nine objections against the Swoon Theory in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (published in 1994). I have carefully analyzed those nine objection and then carefully evaluated them. I concluded that each of those nine objections against the Swoon Theory FAIL. So, Kreeft and Tacelli FAILED to refute the Swoon Theory. Because their case for the resurrection of Jesus required them to refute the Swoon Theory, their case for the resurrection in Chapter 8 of Handbook of Christian Apologetics also FAILS. I am in the process of carefully analyzing and evaluating six more objections against the Swoon Theory, objections from other Christian apologists besides Kreeft and Tacelli. I have recently carefully analyzed two objections by the Christian apologist William Craig against the Swoon Theory, objections that do not correspond to any of the nine objections presented by Kreeft and Tacelli: https://secula ... Read Article
Lamb of the Free (conclusion)
I come to the end of blogging through the first half of "Lamb of the Free" which looks at OT sacrifices. We saw that while the day of atonement/decontamination was basically a factory reboot of the sanctuary. However, major moral sin couldn't be addressed through purgation, and so actually contaminated the land itself. Once the land was sufficiently polluted, it couldn't support the temple and the result was exile because God could no longer be attracted to the sanctuary. It was ultimately God's forgiveness, not the sacrificial system, that would restore the people. Rillera comments: This is crucial to note since this explains why no prophet is hoping for or envisioning a grand purgation sacrifice as the solution to moral impurity . This makes sense since it is inconceivable within the framework set forth in the Torah with regards to these grave sins . The fact that the prophets express their hope for restoration completely apart from kipper sacrifices affirms that it was taken for granted that the p ... Read Article
Lamb of the Free (10)
One of the key takeaways from Rillera is that kipper is about the individual doing their part to help decontaminate the holy place from contamination, not an animal substituting for the individual. We read as an analogy to a child taking care of a pet: This is basically what is depicted in Levitical sacrificial system of decontamination . The children ( Israelites ) learn that they are responsible to remove their messes ( ritual impurities and / or sin - contaminations ) and that they are released from this obligation by bringing the decontamination supplies ( the haṭṭā ' t ) to their parents ( priests ) who physically carry out the process of removing the mess ( kipper ) from the public space ( the sanctuary ) on their behalf . Only sancta receive the action of kipper . Priests are engaging in this ritual process of contamination removal for those who contaminated it somehow ( through a major impurity or an inadvertent sin ) , but kipper is not happening " to " or " on " those people (123). Bl ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of Objections to the Swoon Theory: Objection #11 (Deceptive Jesus)
OBJECTION #11 AGAINST THE SWOON THEORY In his book The Son Rises (originally published in 1981, I will use the re-published edition from 2000; hereafter: TSR) the Christian apologist William Craig makes an objection against the Swoon Theory that does not correspond to any of the nine objections raised by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics. Craig claims that the Swoon Theory "makes Jesus into a deceiver." (TSR, p.39) I will consider this to be Objection #11 (Deceptive Jesus) against the Swoon Theory. Craig states this objection in one brief paragraph: The apparent-death theory [i.e. the Swoon Theory] makes Jesus into a deceiver. The necessary implication of the theory is that Jesus was a charlatan who tricked the disciples into believing that He had been raised from the dead. Such a portrait of Jesus is a figment of the imagination. Jesus was one of the world's great moral teachers, a deeply religious man, if nothing else. It is impossible to cast Him in t ... Read Article
Careful Analysis of Objections to the Swoon Theory: Objection #10 (Jewish Thought)
CRAIG'S OBJECTIONS TO SOME VERSIONS OF THE SWOON THEORY In Reasonable Faith (3rd edition, 2008, hereafter: RF), the Christian apologist William Craig raises an objection against the Swoon Theory that is different than any of the nine objections raised by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics. According to this objection, Jesus' alleged resurrection was "contrary to Jewish thought" (RF, p.373). Craig distinguishes between two types of versions of the Swoon Theory. Some versions of the Swoon Theory assert that the disciples had intentionally deceived others that Jesus had died on the cross: Some versions of the Apparent Death Hypothesis [i.e. the Swoon Theory] are really variations on the Conspiracy Hypothesis, merely substituting the disciples' hoaxing Jesus' death for their stealing Jesus' body. In such cases, the theory shares all the weaknesses of the Conspiracy Hypothesis. RF, p.373 Other versions of the Swoon Theory do NOT claim that the disciples intent ... Read Article
RIP Daniel Dennett
We lost philosopher and major secular activist Daniel Dennett today. RIP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGrRf1wD320 ... Read Article