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By Matthew S. Mccormick

ISBN-10: 1616145811

ISBN-13: 9781616145811

1000's of hundreds of thousands of individuals think that Jesus got here again from the lifeless. This cogent, forcefully argued ebook offers a decidedly unpopular view —namely, that the primary guiding principle of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus, is fake. the writer asks a few probing questions:

Is the facts approximately Jesus because it has been relayed to us over the centuries of adequate volume and caliber to justify trust within the resurrection? How do we settle for the resurrection yet reject magic on the Salem witch trials? What gentle does modern learn approximately human rationality from the fields of behavioral economics, empirical psychology, cognitive technological know-how, and philosophy shed at the resurrection and non secular trust? will we use modern study in regards to the reliability of people’s ideals within the supernatural, miracles, and the mystical to make clear the origins of Christianity and different religions? Does it make feel that the omnipotent author of the universe could hire miracles to accomplish his ends? Can a Christian think via religion by myself and but quite deny the supernatural claims of alternative religions? Do the arguments opposed to Christianity help atheism?

By conscientiously answering every one of those questions, this publication undermines Christianity and theism at their foundations; it supplies us a strong version for higher serious reasoning; and it builds a compelling case for atheism. with out stooping to condescension or conceitedness, the writer bargains persuasive arguments which are obtainable, considerate, and new.

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And no one would accept those benefits as grounds for thinking it is true. Calling it true on the basis of interest, particularly when you know better, amounts to lying. The health benefits or the money create an independent set of incentives or motivations to believe, but the truth is an entirely different matter. ” Ironically, C. S. Lewis puts the point even more forcefully than I have: But still—for intellectual honour has sunk very low in our age—I hear someone whimpering on with his question, “Will it help me?

The best summary of what we know is much more complicated. 1 A consensus has developed about some aspects of the history of the manuscripts and what they report. First, Jesus (the existence of such a person is an active point of some disagreement) is thought by most to have been executed around 30–35 CE. The first four books of the Christian New Testament—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—and some of the letters of Paul are the primary sources of information we have about the events. By most accounts, Mark was the first Gospel to be written, and it is thought to have been authored around 65 CE.

The expanded set of arguments we will consider, then, at the very least, will justify our being narrow atheists regarding a long list of gods that have populated human religions. The arguments of this book show that it is not reasonable to believe in the resurrection of Jesus; many of the problems undermining Christianity apply to other religions; there are a number of better, natural explanations available to explain the proliferation of human religious movements; God would not perform miracles; faith is not an acceptable justification for believing; and we must reject attempts to redefine God in some nonliteral fashion.

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