Was Jesus resurrected in Jerusalem? – Part 1

Some time ago, I challenged Christian bloggers to provide a convincing evidenced-based argument that proves Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem as claimed. For the apologetic purists out there, I define proof as an evidence-based argument that confirms the veracity of a claim/assertion or an evidence-based argument that refutes the veracity of a claim/assertion. At the …

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Re-Appraisal of Galatians 1:19

In Galatians 1:19, Paul simply states “I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother". In my initial appraisal of this simple 12 word verse [click here for details], I suggested that the simple phrase “only James, the Lord’s brother" could have been a simple interpolation engineered by Marcion sometime in the first …

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Was Peter Martyred in Rome?

Was Peter Martyred in Rome? is a sample chapter taken from my new book “Christianity on Trial: Why we cannot trust the Gospel evidence”. This short cogent read is an objective critique of the orthodox Christian narrative. The book addresses the following topics: CONTENTS Introduction Confirmation Bias Religiosity Temporal Lobe Epilepsy The Historicity of Jesus …

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On Discussing Islam with Muslims & Non-Muslims

In this blog I focus on political Islam & attempt to answer the following questions: What is Islam? Why is the Koran so difficult to understand? What exactly is political Islam? Why should non-Muslims be concerned about political Islam? Why is the religion of peace really the religion of war? Why do white, middle-class, liberal …

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On discussing Christianity with Christians & Non Christians

Or why believing in fairies is a safer bet than believing in Jesus………. First the fairy issue. There’s no evidence to prove fairies exist and there’s no evidence to prove fairies do not exist. Furthermore, the absence of proof is not proof of absence. Therefore I could claim fairies do exist knowing I can never …

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Close Scrutiny of Galatians 1: 19

Author Note: This blog has been superseded by "Re-Appraisal of Galatians 1:19". Click here for details. Paul’s first meeting with Peter in Jerusalem c 36 CE, just a few years after the alleged resurrection of Jesus, is a very crucial meeting, because this is when & where Paul first learned of the alleged resurrection in …

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Majority Normality v Minority Normality

As I grew up, I slowly began to realize that my perceived normality was not always the same as other people’s perceived normality. My minority normality seemed to differ from their majority normality in many different ways, and I often had difficulty understanding why they so often seemed interested in uninteresting things, and often totally …

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The Christianity Merry Go Round

Or how to debate Christian apologists like Gary Habermas and win…….. Real Christians are defined by their unshakeable belief that Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem. In reality they simply choose to believe what can never be proved. It’s called faith!!! Churches are very adept at peddling the resurrection myth, knowing full well their flocks will …

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Habermas & the Gospel Evidence

Those fully conversant with Gary Habermas’s latest views about the authenticity of the gospels will appreciate the subtle but highly significant differences between the two simple arguments summarized below. Habermas’ argument can be summarized as: Peter told Paul about the resurrection in Jerusalem. Paul then propagated Peter’s claims. Unknown gospel authors then immortalized Peter’s claims …

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A Critique of Gary Habermas’ Fatally Flawed Argument

NB Click on any RED TEXT for further retails Gary Habermas [click red text for details] is a Christian scholar, leading Christian apologist and he also stars in several U-Tube videos, including one called the resurrection evidence that changed current scholarship. Habermas takes it for granted that Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem and he spends an …

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Religiosity v Objectivity

Just a couple of quick points following on from the religiosity spectrum concept introduced in my last blog  First point. I think it's fair to say most people can be classified either as needy theists, passive theists or non theists. Needy theists are those with a strong intrinsic need to believe what they do believe …

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Religiosity-Biology or Brain-Washing?

Most people accept that their own religious beliefs, if any, are influenced by the religious beliefs of their parents. They also accept these beliefs are also influenced, to a greater or lesser extent, by the prevailing cultural values of those around them. Many people simply adsorb the religious culture of their parents. These people are …

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Six Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian

I did think my blogging days were well & truly over. I’d said all I wanted to say about Christianity and its dubious origins, and I’d relegated myself to a casual blog reader who left occasional comments. However, recent unprovoked abusive comments from a certain blogger [see here and here] have caused me to saddle …

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Why You cannot prove Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem

  Two billion Christians believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2000 years ago. They believe this because the Gospels say he was resurrected, and because they believe the existence of these Gospels actually proves Jesus was resurrected. However, the  existence of these Gospels does not actually prove Jesus was resurrected, because their existence can readily …

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Was Jesus Resurrected in Jerusalem?

Mythicists like Richard Carrier argue that Jesus probably never even existed. I don't subscribe to this minority view for two reasons. One, there are now much easier ways to explain what did or didn’t happen in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, and two, Occam’s razor suggests the best explanation is invariably the simplest explanation. Most biblical …

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Are Christianity & Islam Fundamentally Different?

Islam’s holy book is called the Qur’an. This holy book is a record of the many messages that Mohammed received from Allah, the God of Islam. These messages were relayed to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel. They started to arrive in 609 AD, and they continued to arrive at random intervals until Muhammad’s death in …

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A Very Simple Choice?

This very short post is inspired by that small band of theists, notably Christian theists, who seem to have great difficulty understanding why most non-theists and atheists are intrinsically just as moral as most theists. Imagine yourself in a small room. You have never heard of any god and you are asked to make a …

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Why I Can Never Be a Christian

As I understand it, all you have to do to become a Christian, is believe Jesus is the Son of God, and then accept him as your lord & saviour. You also have to believe Jesus was resurrected by God after his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Those able to buy into all this, automatically qualify for …

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But Where’s The Proof?

Four people called Matthew, Mark, Luke & John turn up at a police station claiming some guy called Jesus had been murdered. They were all interviewed in separate rooms. Each was asked if they actually witnessed the murder. Each said “Well no, not exactly. A guy called Paul told me about it, but don’t worry …

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