The irrational basis of Christian faith: The Resurrection Experience (Part3of3)

Does seeing ghosts make them real? The power of experience Experience is a powerful force and can be used to validate science. For instance, science can tell us why a stove is hot and we can believe it intellectually; however, when we touch the stove, experience corroborates why we know to be true. Religious experienceContinue reading “The irrational basis of Christian faith: The Resurrection Experience (Part3of3)”

The irrational basis of Christian faith: Experientialism and Emotionalism (Part 1of3)

Evangelicals are intoxicated by irrational faith rendering them intellectually impaired. Taking your foot off the bag During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we can at least find some comfort in watching America’s national pastime, baseball, even though in crowd less stadiums. For this article, we will adopt a baseball expression to illustrate our main point.Continue reading “The irrational basis of Christian faith: Experientialism and Emotionalism (Part 1of3)”

Unlearning Jesus & the Bible (for the sake of our future)

Must read if you believe the Bible is the word of God or Jesus is the savior of mankind If you think you know the Bible and Jesus, you almost certainly don’t! When it comes to Americans knowing who Jesus and the Bible are, they are either grossly uninformed or greatly misinformed. Here’s a simpleContinue reading “Unlearning Jesus & the Bible (for the sake of our future)”

My conversations with Jesus (Part 5: The irrational evangelical)

Me: Hello, once again Jesus, today’s conversation will be a little different. Jesus: How so? Me: I probably should have mentioned this earlier but I think the subject today dictates full disclosure. I used to be a devoted follower, an evangelical Christian. Jesus: Our conversations make more sense now, although I must admit I suspectedContinue reading “My conversations with Jesus (Part 5: The irrational evangelical)”

My conversations with Jesus (Part 4: Paul’s “other” gospel)

Me: I hope you are enjoying these chats as much as I am. I am gaining a lot of clarity on many matters, so thanks. Jesus: They have definitely contained some startling revelations. Me: Care to elaborate? Jesus: Hard to know where to begin. I think the most shocking is how belief in my resurrectionContinue reading “My conversations with Jesus (Part 4: Paul’s “other” gospel)”

My conversations with Jesus (Part 2: Who you really are)

Me: Hello again, Jesus Jesus: Hello, I thought about what we spoke about last time. I have some questions. Me: I though you might. I would too if I were you. I have some questions for you as well. Jesus: You first Me: At what point in your ministry did you decide you wanted toContinue reading “My conversations with Jesus (Part 2: Who you really are)”

The Jesus Delusion…

and the evangelical deception. Most evangelical Christians would bristle at the suggestion they have been deceived or are deceiving other in promoting Jesus as the eternal Savior of mankind. But such “thinking” is not based on anything but an irrational belief in the Bible as the divinely inspired Word of God fueled by fear ofContinue reading “The Jesus Delusion…”

My conversations with Jesus (Part 1: How it all started)

Note to Reader: This fictitious conversation is written respectfully but honestly. It is how I would imagine an actual conversation with the biblical Jesus would go. It is based on an entire lifetime of contemplative thinking, rigorous biblical research and personal experience as a former evangelical. I offer it as a sensitive and thoughtful meansContinue reading “My conversations with Jesus (Part 1: How it all started)”

Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4b – Isaiah 7:14)

Brief recap In the previous article, we mainly focused on the two gospel narratives of Matthew and Luke concerning the miraculous birth of Jesus. Other corollary topics were broached, some briefly and some in more detail as necessity dictated. While the gospel accounts are critical, they rest upon the Immanuel prophecy. Without its legitimate use,Continue reading “Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4b – Isaiah 7:14)”

Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4a – The nativity stories)

The story of Jesus’ birth is the greatest story ever told — also the fakest! SPOILER ALERT: For those not interested in wading through pages of textual analysis and commentary, I offer my conclusion at the start.  Without the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus, there is no resurrection. It is the foundation upon which theContinue reading “Building a case against Christ: Let reason be the Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4a – The nativity stories)”