The irrational basis of Christian faith: The Resurrection (Part2of3)

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is founded on the mystical encounters of his closest followers. The only facts surrounding it was an empty tomb and missing body, everything else is conjecture. In part one of, “The irrational basis of Christian faith” I argued it was primarily based on emotionalism and experientialism. While thereContinue reading “The irrational basis of Christian faith: The Resurrection (Part2of3)”

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)”

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)”

Building a case against Christ: Let reason be The Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4, the short version)

Note to reader: A much longer and textually more detailed article will follow shortly for those seeking to “dig deeper” into the relevant biblical texts. Some may think it’s too early for Christmas, but according to Luke, the birth of Jesus took place in the late spring or early summer when “… shepherds living outContinue reading “Building a case against Christ: Let reason be The Judge: The Christmyth story (pt.4, the short version)”

The fashionability of skepticism in a Trumpian world

Donald Trump has made skepticism fashionable, but in a bad way. Skepticism is good when used to sharpen truth by ridding it of falsehoods but when it is used to conveniently dismiss facts, it is a dangerous weapon. Donald Trump has recruited perhaps the countries best skeptics — evangelicals. Sadly, their skepticism has been misguided.Continue reading “The fashionability of skepticism in a Trumpian world”

Rationalizing versus emotionalizing, or when feelings “Trump” facts

Nobody wants to be accused of relying on emotions over intellect . Nor do people want to be thought of as those governed by feelings more than facts, but this is the heart of evangelical belief. The majority of President Trump supporters are white evangelicals as statistics continue to show. The world has puzzled overContinue reading “Rationalizing versus emotionalizing, or when feelings “Trump” facts”

The Irrational Evangelical: I dare you to prove me wrong!

Here is the plain unvarnished truth: The resurrection of Jesus was a mystical experience not an historical event. All evidence and common sense support this conclusion. Those who “think” otherwise are relying on their own spiritual relationship not a shred of reliable data, as I will laboriously show to those willing to objectively examine theContinue reading “The Irrational Evangelical: I dare you to prove me wrong!”