The Christian’s burden of proof for the resurrection and how to respond

There are several categories of objections to the Christian religion. Such disputes can be from non-Christians about Christian doctrine that is generally accepted by most Christians or it can be between Christians. There are objections on theological grounds. These dispute claims Christians make about the nature of God, what is required for salvation, the consequencesContinue reading “The Christian’s burden of proof for the resurrection and how to respond”

What is the Christian afterlife and why believe in it?

One of the common criticisms of the concept of the afterlife, particularly the concept of going to heaven when we die, is that it is too good to be true. In other words, it is wishful thinking based on no evidence. It is the result of cognitive dissonance in that we cannot reconcile our innateContinue reading “What is the Christian afterlife and why believe in it?”

Do the errors in scripture mean we shouldn’t trust it?

Modernist-Fundamentalist Christians in the early 20th century challenged two centuries of critical scholarship by declaring scripture to be inerrant. This inerrancy became, in the later 20th century, a belief that every word in the Bible is correct, an extreme sort of inerrancy that goes beyond the general teachings of scripture down to the exact languageContinue reading “Do the errors in scripture mean we shouldn’t trust it?”

What the Bible says happens to the soul when we die

The word “soul” in the Bible is translated from two words: in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word nefesh, literally meaning throat, and from the New Testament, the Greek word psyche from which we get words like psychology. When we talk about a person having a soul, however, that separates from their body when theyContinue reading “What the Bible says happens to the soul when we die”

Does the Bible predict the future?

In the Bible, God, rather than speaking to people directly, chooses specific people through whom he reveals his commands as well as knowledge. These people are Prophets. The Prophets come from all sorts of backgrounds and it is clear that most of them don’t ask to be Prophets. It isn’t clear why God chooses certainContinue reading “Does the Bible predict the future?”

Who founded Christianity?

You might think that the answer to this question is obvious: Jesus, but you’d be wrong. Jesus did not found a religion. He started a movement within Judaism that eventually led to his followers and their successors inventing Christianity. Some commentators argue that Paul invented Christianity. Atheists and non-Christians use this fact to argue againstContinue reading “Who founded Christianity?”

Wittgenstein and the Bible

Ludwig Wittgenstein, the famous early 20th century philosopher, was also a devout Christian. He came to Christ while serving at the front in the 1st World War thanks to another Christian convert from an earlier age, Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy’s writing on the Gospel convinced Wittgenstein, at the time nearly suicidal with depression, of their truth.Continue reading “Wittgenstein and the Bible”

Can you be Buddhist and Christian at the same time?

I was a Buddhist for a while in my late 20s and early 30s before returning to the church. I found a lot to like in Buddhist focus on the spiritual journey, letting go, meditation, and compassion. Unlike other religions, Buddhism does not, by design, want you to take on particular doctrines. Buddhists, in general,Continue reading “Can you be Buddhist and Christian at the same time?”

The evidence for God

What is the evidence for God? And should we believe in God even if there is no evidence? The argument against God from evidence is based on a set of philosophical assumptions about the universe sometimes called Naturalism. And naturalists far from being particularly hard nosed and scientific can, if not well-versed in philosophy, employContinue reading “The evidence for God”