It never occurred to me, when I wrote my Touchstone article on the Jesus-legend theory, how many readers would find it hard to understand Jesus’ sacrifice as being truly genuine. Recently Andy wrote, it is inconceivable to me how an infinite being could “sacrifice” anything – if Jesus was God allmighty, and he knew that […]
Could atheism be anti-humanistic? Yesterday ScottinOH wrote a comment asking, among other things, about the love of God. He wrote, Jesus’s short-term self-sacrifice (and God the Father’s short-term sacrifice of His Son) is only laudable in the sense that a mob boss or an abuser “sacrifices” something in order to convince himself not to blow […]
Why did Jesus die on the cross? Here, and here again, are what I wrote last year.
Some things just aren’t worth squabbling over. Not surprisingly, the Bible has plenty to say about this. A couple things not worth getting over, for example, are money and privilege. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He […]
Yesterday I said I knew God wouldn’t ask me to sacrifice my child, because I know child sacrifice is wrong. But God sacrificed his child, right? Isn’t that what the cross of Christ is all about? That, too, is another common question raised by atheists. It has an immediate emotional appeal, maybe, because we all […]
From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had […]
From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted […]