By Matthew S. Mccormick
Countless numbers of thousands of individuals think that Jesus got here again from the lifeless. This cogent, forcefully argued ebook offers a decidedly unpopular view —namely, that the relevant guideline of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus, is fake. the writer asks a few probing questions:
Is the proof approximately Jesus because it has been relayed to us over the centuries of enough volume and caliber to justify trust within the resurrection? How do we settle for the resurrection yet reject magic on the Salem witch trials? What mild does modern examine approximately human rationality from the fields of behavioral economics, empirical psychology, cognitive technology, and philosophy shed at the resurrection and spiritual trust? do we use modern learn in regards to the reliability of people’s ideals within the supernatural, miracles, and the mystical to make clear the origins of Christianity and different religions? Does it make feel that the omnipotent writer of the universe could hire miracles to accomplish his ends? Can a Christian think by means of religion on my own and but kind of deny the supernatural claims of different religions? Do the arguments opposed to Christianity help atheism?
By conscientiously answering each one of those questions, this publication undermines Christianity and theism at their foundations; it supplies us a robust version for higher serious reasoning; and it builds a compelling case for atheism. with no stooping to condescension or conceitedness, the writer bargains persuasive arguments which are obtainable, considerate, and new.
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Hagee claims that Russia and some Islamic states will invade Israel soon, precipitating the final battle of Armageddon with the anti-Christ, who will be the leader of the European Union. McCain declined Hagee's endorsement when it was revealed that Hagee had frequently identified the pope and the Roman Catholic Church as the whore of Babylon, and Hagee and his followers were seeking to accelerate Armageddon for the sake of the Second Coming. None of us can afford to let religious ideologies remain unchecked when those ideas will inform so much of the Christian's life in the community we all share.
Alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-61614-582-8 (ebook) 1. Atheism. 2. Christianity—Controversial literature 3. Christianity and atheism. I. Title. 8--dc23 2012013314 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper PREFACE CHAPTER 1. Speaking Ill of Jesus CHAPTER 2. The History of the Jesus Story CHAPTER 3. You Already Don't Believe in Jesus: The Salem Witch Trials CHAPTER 4. Believing the Believers CHAPTER 5. The Repeaters and the Money-Bag Problem CHAPTER 6. Abducted by Aliens and a False Murder Conviction CHAPTER 7.
For the sake of argument, I operate with the assumption that there are no conceptual or logical contradictions with the occurrence of a miracle. 19 We don't need to go as far as Hume to see how bad the evidence for Christianity is. I will argue that by the conventional standards of belief, evidence, and critical evaluation we already employ, the Jesus miracles, specifically Jesus’ resurrection, do not pass muster. That is, for many if not most of us, given the evidence and the set of decision making practices we already implicitly or explicitly use, we have abundant grounds for rejecting the foundation of Christianity.