A Review of Chapter 15 of The Christian Delusion

The final chapter of the book is called “Christianity Was Not Responsible For Modern Science” and is written by Richard Carrier.  The chapter is largely a response to the work of Rodney Stark and the notion that Christianity was necessary for science to flourish.  Carrier argues for a number of historical facts that he thinks…

A Review of Chapter 14 of The Christian Delusion

Hector Avalos writes chapter 14:  “Atheism Was Not the Cause of the Holocaust.”  Avolos primarily addresses Dinesh D’Souza and Richard Weikart’s claims that Darwininist atheism led, in part, to the Holocaust.  I am by no means an expert on the Holocaust so I will restrict myself to commenting on points where I think I can…

A Review of Chapter 13 of The Christian Delusion

Chapter 13, “Christianity Does Not Provide the Basis for Morality”, is written by David Eller.  According to Eller, “the characteristic feature of religion is the claim that there are nonhuman and superhuman agents in the world, lacking some of the ‘qualia’ of humans (like bodies or mortality) but possessing the most important one — mind…

A Review of Chapter 12 of The Christian Delusion

Chapter 12, written by John Loftus, is entitled “At Best Jesus Was a Failed Apocalyptic Prophet.”  He argues that if the Gospels are reliable historical sources then Jesus falsely predicted the end of the age within a generation of his preaching (Mt 10:23; 24:36; Mk 9:1; 13:24-31; 14:16) and that the rest of the NT…

A Review of Chapter 11 of The Christian Delusion

Chapter 11 is written by Richard Carrier and entitled “Why the Resurrection is Unbelievable.”  The chapter opens by summarizing some miracles written by the historian Herodotus the Halicarnassian.  Carrier says it is reasonable to doubt stories of miracles because it is more likely that human error can account for the story than that a miracle…

A Review of Chapter 10 of The Christian Delusion

Chapter 10 is written by Robert M. Price and is titled “Jesus:  Myth and Method.”  The chapter is a response to The Jesus Legend by Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd.  At the start of the chapter Price says that he has argued that the Gospels are myths about Jesus, not historical records (p.…