One of the great skeptical minds of the 18th century, Gotthold Lessing, coined a phrase to describe what for him was an unbridgeable gap between the 18th-century enlightened mind and the purported supernatural events of the Bible. Lessing called this gap, the “ugly broad ditch,” a chasm in knowledge that made it unreasonable for someone… Continue reading Bridging Lessing’s “Ugly Ditch”: The Historical Testimony to Miracles
In the preface to his 1968 book Marxism and Christianity, then atheist philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre opens with an incisive statement about the nature of Christian and Marxist beliefs: “The second point worth remark is the extent to which Christians and Marxists both wish to exempt their own doctrines from the historical relativity which they are… Continue reading Defending Christian Hope against Its Historical Contenders
Continuing in this short series on Apologetics, here is part II which deals with Epistemology, the second area of Philosophical Apologetics. Epistemology The study of how we know things is called Epistemology, from the Greek episteme (belief), and logos (knowledge or understanding). It is in this sense that Epistemology is often considered first in the… Continue reading Four Domains of Christian Knowledge: Apologetics (Epistemology)
Further reflecting on the recent “rash” of celebrity deconversions in the Evangelical church, I now consider what kinds of personal experiences, in contrast to intellectual habits, may increase epistemic resiliency with regard to Christian faith. In other words, apart from intellectual preparedness, will some people have a greater capacity to overcome doubt, both emotional and… Continue reading “Celebrity” Deconversions & The Journey of Faith – Part II (Kinds of Experiences)
A recent Facebook post asked the intriguing question of whether or not believers in Jesus (i.e. in Jesus' full deity) would be comfortable if it were the case that Jesus referenced Old Testament events that themselves were not factually historically, but as if they were factually true. That is, could Jesus as God incarnate genuinely… Continue reading Did Jesus Make Historical Errors?