Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Skrbina Hoax, or Nietzsche's Delusion

Did the Apostle Paul invent Christianity? No. A Refutation of Dr. Skrbina's Argument

  • 27 November 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 695

Part 1: Introducing Prof. David Skrbina, his Argument, and the Counter-arguments.

Summary: This article intends to refute Prof. Skrbina's claim that the four gospels of the Bible are fictionalized accounts of Jesus perpetrated by the Apostle Paul, based on the apparent sparsity of extra-biblical references to Jesus and other claims that paint Paul as the 'mastermind' of what he calls the "Jesus Hoax". You may wish to view this video first: Jesus Myth, Self-Refuted.

How did Christianity emerge? Many believe it is owing to the information in the four gospels in the Bible’s New Testament, that there could be no Christianity without them. But how did we get them? This has been an ongoing question over the past two millennia, especially in the last 200 years with the rise of skepticism and the literary science of textual criticism. The Christian answer to this question is the claim offered by the New Testament writers themselves—that the four gospels are the true accounts of a most extraordinary man named Jesus who actually said and did the things that are reported of him by their writers. The result was the birth of the ancient Christian community fueled by Jesus Christ himself with the well-known teachings and miracles that the gospel writers attribute to him. But there are other more skeptical theories which Prof. Skrbina calls the "Jesus Hoax".

In Praise of Reason (part 2)

Preface to the Author's New Book, "The Reason of Reason: How Reason, Logic and Intelligibility are Evidence for God"

  • 13 September 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 707
Why does reason work?

This is a question we will explore in my new book, The Reason of Reason. I think there are only three possible answers: The universe, God (some kind of intelligent omni-being), or ‘unknown’.  If we dismiss ‘unknown’ as not a real answer at all then of course there are only two.  This is philosophy, of the sort that a college undergrad encounters in, say, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy or Religion, or even Intro to Philosophy.  But it is also a kind of theology known as Natural Theology.  Today in academia there seems to be a great divide between philosophy and theology, but in centuries past that was not the case.

*There is a 14-point syllogism that captures my whole argument in the Read More section. You can order your copy of The Reason of Reason on Amazon

The Disheartening Nihilism of Modern Science

by Christian Ledford

  • 7 July 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 556

by Christian Ledford, UM Dearborn student

In 1859 Charles Darwin published On the Origins of Species, his magnum opus and the foundation of evolutionary biology, and changed the world. While many point to the publication of Origins as the point at which religion and science began to collide, it was merely a sign of the times; humanity’s descent into naturalism began earlier, in the Enlightenment of the 1700s in which scholars and scientists began to reject millennia-old Aristotelian and Biblical knowledge. Whereas anachronistic thinkers like Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Pascal, and too many others to name were devoutly religious, this age of naturalism saw a departure from theism in efforts to explain the world around us, and the universe as a whole, outside of intelligent design and outside of God.

*Extended since first published in the Michigan Journal of UM Dearborn in May of this year.

Science in Scripture

Yes, the Bible does contain scientific information.

  • 22 February 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 705

by Bob Savery

It is often said that the Bible is not a book of science.  This statement is usually made to suggest that the Bible is not scientific or not concerned with scientific information. I wish to challenge that suggestion. While it true that it is not a textbook of the sort used in a science classes, the Bible does contain scientific information and make claims consistent with modern science if the reader will learn to recognize them. Here I wish to give some examples.


CSI Palestine, part 2

"A day without death."

  • 11 April 2016
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 8132

In 1st-century Roman Palestine it had been almost two weeks since the tomb of the executed Jesus was found empty. The New Testament narratives and other historical accounts tell us there were reports of some who claimed to have seen him alive and believed he had risen from the dead. True or not, in some sense Jesus was still causing trouble for Pontius Pilate and the Jewish authorities. They unmistakably killed him and needed him to stay dead to squash the uproar he had created. In last year's film "Risen" a Roman centurion named Clavius was forced to become a detective to find the missing corpse and was reeling from the shock of his discovery that this crucified Jesus of Nazareth may not be actually dead at all. In part 1 of this piece (two posts down) I tried to give you a good grasp of the plotline of “Risen” and some broad brushstrokes about its themes. Now I want to go deeper. Recall the last sentence of part 1 in which I said “…what started as his problem became his salvation.” Let’s explore this further.

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