Bayesian evaluation for the likelihood of Christ’s resurrection

The NaClhv blog has a long but interesting series entitled "Bayesian evaluation for the likelihood of Christ's resurrection". Part 1: Gauging personal credulity regarding personal testimony. Part 2: Starting with a low prior probability for Christ's resurrection of 1e-22. See Scientific Notation - E Notation: 6.022e23 is equivalent to 6.022×10^23 so 1e-22 is equivalent to …

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Book Recommendation: The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ by Brant Pitre is an excellent introductory-intermediate text for budding apologists. It's primary focus is on whether Jesus claimed to be/is God. 5/5 stars. The task begins by addressing the nature of the canonical gospels, the primary sources for the life of Jesus. Chapters …

Book Recommendation: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Habermas and Licona

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona presents a minimal-facts argument for the historicity of the resurrection. It is written at a level accessible to those not familiar with the subject but also provides enough information to be of use to others. I would recommend the book to anyone, …

Surviving Eyewitnesses of Jesus at Later Time Periods

McIver, Robert K. Memory, Jesus, and the Synoptic Gospels. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011, pp. 206-207. Table A3: Surviving Eyewitnesses of Jesus at Later Time Periods According to Life Table of Frier Capernaum Large Crowds Jerusalem Subtotals Yr 0 964 10,000 51,432 62,396 Yr +5 826 8,570 44,075 53,471 Yr +10 697 7,225 37,159 …

Response to Selective Sources

Deacon Duncan (henceforth DD) of the Evangelical Realism blog is reviewing William Lane Craig's book On Guard. In the most recent post, Selective Sources, he is commenting on Craig's treatment concerning the historical Jesus. I have not read this book by Craig but DD's post contains a few problems common to arguments from skeptics that …

Review of Chapter 8 of The End of Christianity

Introduction In chapter 8 of The End of Christianity, Matt McCormick argues that, "by the conventional epistemic standards we already endorse in other comparable cases like the Salem Witch Trials" (Loftus 195), we are not justified in believing that Jesus was resurrected. He believes that if we applied the same standard to both the Salem …

Review of Chapter 4 of The End of Christianity

In chapter 4 of The End of Christianity, Hector Avalos argues that we should end biblical studies as we know them. He has two main points: (1) the Bible is the product of a culture whose values and beliefs are no longer relevant to even most Christians and Jews; and (2) despite this irrelevance, the …