Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Reflections on the Resurrection Argument w/ Randal and Robert

Last year after publishing my Countering the Resurrection video I participated in an informal discussion/debate with one of my favorite Christian apologists, Randal Rauser to discuss it. We were on Robert White’s YouTube channel and had a very friendly discussion.

Looking back on it, I appreciate both Randal and Robert’s time and I wanted to recount areas of the discussion where I think there were mistakes in points they or myself brought up, and to reflect on how I’d revise things in light of the good faith criticism I received in the discussion. 

With Easter being around the corner, I figured now would be a good time to finally get moving to produce something to help strengthen my argument against their objections. 

If you want to watch the hour long discussion you can view it here.

Monday, November 2, 2020

An Interview with Elephant Philosophy

 


A few weeks ago I came across a theistic YouTube channel named Elephant Philosophy and I really came to appreciate his approach even though we disagree. His video on how his views changed seemed almost exactly like my journey except he started as an atheist and then ended up as a Christian theist. He really focuses deeply on the latest in philosophy of religion and I knew I would love to sit and have a chat about our respective journeys. You can check out his great channel here.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Arguments when I was a Believer

 So I woke up this morning and saw this tweet in my feed that prompted enough thought in me (and the fact that it's a quiet Sunday morning and the kids are playing nicely) that I decided to write on the topic.



This is a very interesting question! I started to think about it and it made me realize that there weren't any explicit arguments that had me believing. There certainly were some that I was effectively indoctrinated with that aimed to reinforce my faith in a bubble, but nothing like the arguments I'm intimately familiar with now. I also distinctly recall being entirely unimpressed with apologetic arguments when taking a "evangelism training" seminar/class at my church. 

 So lets get into the specifics here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Resurrection Discussion with Randal Rauser and Robert L. White

So last night I took place in a informal discussion with Randal on Robert L. White's YouTube channel.

I had a very good time and more importantly I think we demonstrated what a polite, thoughtful exchange can look like, even though we don't agree.

I hope you take the time to watch, Randal and I spoke for about an hour as he had a night class to teach after our debate, and then Robert and I spoke for another 20 minutes or so.

There were a few things I think the debate clarified for me and some issues I'd like to address in a future post, so keep an eye out!




Monday, August 31, 2020

Countering the Resurrection Argument (Full Version)

(Note: What follows is a transcription of the video)

What if I told you that I believed that god raised Jesus from the dead, but that I did not believe that Jesus was the son of god, and denied that belief in his death and resurrection was the path to salvation and eternal life in reconciliation with the one true god, Yahweh.


That would just sound crazy. 


Right?


I want you to think about why that sounds crazy. It’s not hard to find an answer: Because we assume that miracles are evidence for the truth of the philosophical and theological teachings of the miracle worker. 


This assumption goes unstated when apologists use the argument for the resurrection, but it is absolutely central to the argument. The principle is even endorsed in the bible in 1 Kings 18:


Countering the Resurrection Argument (Short Version)



(Note what follows is a transcript of the video)

What if I told you that I believed that god raised Jesus from the dead, but that I did not believe that Jesus was the son of god, and denied that belief in his death and resurrection was the path to salvation and eternal life in reconciliation with the one true god, Yahweh.


That would just sound crazy. 


Right?


I want you to think about why that sounds crazy. It’s not hard to find an answer: Because we assume that miracles are evidence for the truth of the philosophical and theological teachings of the miracle worker. 


This assumption goes unstated when apologists use the argument for the resurrection, but it is absolutely central to the argument.