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

"Eid Al Adha"—The Sacrifice

Commemorating the Day of Abraham's Obedience and God's Provision

  • 1 September 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 795

by Tom Bear–

What we could never do, God did!

As Abraham walked with his son to the mountain where he was to sacrifice him, Abraham’s son asked, “The fire and wood are here, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham replied, “God will provide Himself a lamb.” Christians believe this statement was prophetic and pointed to an event in which God would sacrifice a perfect lamb that would bring about reconciliation between sinful man and Himself. 

Eid Mubarak! Ramadan, Days 29-30: "Lost and Found"

How Jesus taught that one lost person is valuable enough to him to pursue

  • 24 June 2017
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 781

by Ashley Wyder

So there was this shepherd who had 100 sheep. Now one of the sheep somehow got lost. Some people would look and say who cares about that one, just leave it. It doesn't really matter. But Jesus tells us that is not how the shepherd responded. The shepherd left the 99 other sheep he had, and went in search of the one sheep. When he found it, he carried it home on his shoulders and told all of his friends to rejoice with him. In John chapter 10 of the New Testament (Injeel) Jesus tells us that He is the good shepherd and He lays down His life for the sheep. He tells us that no one has the power to take His life away from Him but that He willingly laid it down himself.

Ramadan, Day 28: The Qur’an’s Perspective on Forgiveness

Is there a prescription for the way to Heaven or is it a big mystery…?

  • 23 June 2017
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 2080

by Anas (Eddie) Yousif—

Part 1

In these last days of Ramadan let's talk about forgiveness. Hardly anyone denies that forgiveness is necessary in life, from other people and even more from Almighty God. But, have you ever stopped to ponder why it's so necessary and what the world would be like if there were no such thing as forgiveness? Why does everyone need to be forgiven in the first place?  Can't we just not do wrong? Further, does  everybody get forgiveness? Should they? We have all heard about people who refuse to forgive, and those who refuse to repent for their wrongdoing. What about a Holy God? Does he forgive everybody for any reason, automatically, or does He have conditions? Certainly He must have or forgiveness would mean nothing. So then, what are those conditions? These are the questions religion seeks to answer.

Part 2

In part 1 we demonstrated that the only way one may enter the kingdom of God (Heaven) would be through the blood sacrifice of a substitute. This can be seen in the story behind Eid al Adha found in the Tawrat and the Qur'an both. Al Adha, or sacrifice, was the ram that Almighty God required as a substitute for Abraham's son whom God initially commanded as a sacrifice to test Abraham's obedience. But was that the whole lesson? It would seem not. Even though Abraham passed the test of obedience, apparently the LORD had another lesson for him because he still required a blood sacrifice. But why? we should pause to ask. *That story can be found here:

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