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Jesus Is Too Good To Be False

Jesus Is Too Good To Be False

Groundbreaking “Lewis-esque” article now available again! Five years ago I published an article at Touchstone magazine that I titled “Too Good to be False,” and which they titled, “The Gospel Truth of Jesus.” Leading New Testament documents scholar Daniel Wallace paid me the compliment of calling it “Lewis-esque.” For quite a long time Touchstone displayed it for free on their website, but now it’s behind a subscriber paywall. The copyright is mine, so today I’m republishing it here. Being five years old, obviously this argument has…

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Skeptic Shermer Won’t Be Fooled Again; Gets Fooled Again

Skeptic Shermer Won’t Be Fooled Again; Gets Fooled Again

Let’s start by agreeing Shermer is right, as he opens this interview: Humans do seek out evidence that supports our beliefs. We do tend to cement our convictions more than we question them. He’s wrong, though, when he tells Stephen Colbert (at 1:40), “The only way to tell, really, the difference between these true patterns and false patterns is science.” I’m happy to leave the most obvious flaws in that thinking for you to discuss in the comments. For starters,…

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Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn’t Mean Faith Is Without Evidence

Why Hebrews 11:1 Doesn’t Mean Faith Is Without Evidence

Edited and republished from a post on November 15, 2013. Jerry Coyne’s recent Slate article on science and faith gives another chance to clarify the contentious meaning of “faith.” In that article he presents three religious and one putative scientific usage of the word, then comments, The three religious claims (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, respectively) represent faith as defined by philosopher Walter Kaufmann: “intense, usually confident, belief that is not based on evidence sufficient to command assent from every reasonable…

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Atheists and “Evidence”

Atheists and “Evidence”

Mike Gene got me thinking about atheists and evidence with a post today at Shadow to Light. (If you’re not following his blog, you really ought to be.) I comment there with the following thoughts, which I think are worth sharing more publicly. His post provides some necessary context, although if you’ve been involved in some of these conversations before you’ll be able to pick this up right from here.   Atheists frequently say “evidence” when they mean “proof.” For…

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What Bob Seidensticker Got Wrong About My “Too Good To Be False” Argument

What Bob Seidensticker Got Wrong About My “Too Good To Be False” Argument

A few weeks ago Bob Seidensticker, atheist blogger at Patheos.com, attempted to deconstruct my argument that Jesus is too good to be false. Unfortunately he got the argument wrong, so of course his refutations, such as they are, are irrelevant. Why do atheists think it’s interesting to rebut arguments Christians aren’t making? Still I want to answer him, because somebody might think he’d dealt some kind of blow to my argument, not knowing he’d actually missed the whole thing by…

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Fine-Tuning and the Mistaken Atheists’ “God’s Eye View”

Fine-Tuning and the Mistaken Atheists’ “God’s Eye View”

It’s been too long since I’ve done a good old-fashioned fisking. Today, though, I ran across an article by a pair of apparent geniuses writing about the fine-tuning argument for God, unfortunately without knowing anything of what they were writing about. So here goes. These very bright gentleman are: Jérémie Harris, a Ph.D. student in quantum photonics under the Canada Excellence Research Chair in quantum nonlinear optics, at the Max Planck University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics….

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Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith (Original Thinking Series)

Okay, You’re Right: There’s No Evidence For Faith (Original Thinking Series)

Republished from January 29, 2014.  Part of the extended series Evidence for the Faith I thought I was about to launch into a series on evidence for the Christian faith. Recent discussion here tells me there’s one more preliminary step to take first, however. I haven’t yet defined just what it is I’m about to provide evidence for. You see, there’s one sense in which the New Atheists are right: there’s no evidence for faith. Except they’re only right to…

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