More and more I hear the claim that western civilization is based on Judeo-Christian values. There are a few possible claims a believer could be making when arguing about western values and Judeo-Christian values. They could merely be making historical claims that Christians and Christian institutions played pivotal roles in the historical development of Europe. … Continue reading Western Values Are Based on Judeo-Christian Values
Do we have an immaterial soul or are we just electrified meat? Most arguments from consciousness advocate one form or another of dualism, which is basically the position that the mind is more than or separate from the biological activity of the brain. The vast majority of Christians are substance dualists, and the vast majority … Continue reading Science vs. The Soul
Substance dualism is the standard view among Christians. They believe that the mind can’t be reduced to the workings of something physical like the brain, and that the mind and body are made of two distinct substances. There are many arguments from consciousness and a vast range of opinion among experts on the issue of … Continue reading Argument from Consciousness: Do You Have A Soul?
We haven't really talked about how this group became the world’s largest religion, and the rise of Christianity is something I remember from being a Christian that myself and others would fall back on. In response to arguments like the ones we’ve talked about the last few episodes, Christians always have this safety net. Wasn’t … Continue reading The Spread of Christianity
Christians claim that eleven of the twelve the disciples, who were eyewitnesses, were martyred for their belief in the resurrection. They were tortured and killed in horrible ways, supposedly for their beliefs. And who would go through that for a lie? Of course, all kinds of people will die for a lie, and not just … Continue reading Who Would Die for a Lie?
The Christian apologist C.S. Lewis laid out in his book Mere Christianity an argument that would come to be known as the Trilemma. He claims that if Jesus wasn’t actually God, he must either be a liar or a lunatic. The three options Lewis gives us — lunatic, liar, or Lord — are obviously not … Continue reading The Trilemma: Lunatic, Liar, or Lord
Hundreds of millions of people in modern societies will gather to celebrate human sacrifice next week. And as bizarre as it may seem, acknowledging this is a bit of a taboo. I know it’s not a mystery to any of you, but the social institution of religion is how an absurdity like the celebration of … Continue reading The Easter Story — The Resurrection of Jesus