By Matthew S. Mccormick
Hundreds of thousands of thousands of individuals think that Jesus got here again from the lifeless. This cogent, forcefully argued publication offers a decidedly unpopular view —namely, that the critical guideline of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus, is fake. the writer asks a couple of probing questions:
Is the proof approximately Jesus because it has been relayed to us over the centuries of adequate volume and caliber to justify trust within the resurrection? How will we settle for the resurrection yet reject magic on the Salem witch trials? What mild does modern learn approximately human rationality from the fields of behavioral economics, empirical psychology, cognitive technological know-how, and philosophy shed at the resurrection and spiritual trust? do we use modern study concerning 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 experience that the omnipotent writer of the universe may hire miracles to accomplish his ends? Can a Christian think by means of religion on my own and but quite deny the supernatural claims of different religions? Do the arguments opposed to Christianity aid atheism?
By rigorously answering every one of those questions, this e-book undermines Christianity and theism at their foundations; it provides us a robust version for larger severe reasoning; and it builds a compelling case for atheism. with no stooping to condescension or conceitedness, the writer deals persuasive arguments which are available, considerate, and new.
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But I don't like giving an answer at all at this stage. Here is a door, behind which, according to some people, the secret of the universe is waiting for you. Either that's true or it isn't. And if it isn't, then what the door really conceals is simply the greatest fraud, the most colossal “sell” on record. Isn't it obviously the job of every man (that is a man and not a rabbit) to try to find out which, and then to devote his full energies either to serving this tremendous secret or to exposing and destroying this gigantic humbug?
We now have a mountain of empirical evidence confirming what everyone who has had one of these conversations already knows: humans have a strong tendency to find evidence supporting the conclusions they favor. That is, our beliefs and the evidence we find to justify them are distorted in the direction of our desires. While the bias is not confined to Christians, it often emerges when the believer comes to the historical-Jesus debate with a strong prior conviction that Jesus was real and that he really was resurrected.
She got it from her parents, like she got their blue eyes, their Italian ancestry, or a genetic condition. (“Goodness, my Lutheranism is acting up. ” And we tend to think of the resulting connection to the religion of our parents as something we are stuck with; it's in our blood. People often will offer explanations of religious beliefs by saying that So-and-So was “raised Anglican,” as if his upbringing inflicted or caused him to be a certain way and nothing can change that now. There's a mistake lurking here.