Reply to Keith Parsons

Keith Parsons has replied to my review of his chapter in The End of Christianity: "Hell: Christianity‚Äôs Most Damnable Doctrine." He stresses that he is trying to critique the orthodox and traditional doctrine of hell. I am defending a position that he is not necessarily attacking (at least directly). Recall, from the earlier review, that …

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Index to My Partial Review of The End of Christianity

This post is an index to my partial review of The End of Christianity edited by John W. Loftus. I'll include links to other reviews, as I come across them, at the end of this post. Introduction by John W. Loftus I. Why Two Thousand Years Are Enough Christianity Evolving: On the Origin of Christian …

Review of Chapter 13 of The End of Christianity

Introduction In chapter 13 of The End of Christianity, Victor Stenger addresses the evidence for life after death. He particularly responds to Dinesh D'Souza's Life After Death: The Evidence, which I have not read. Stenger admits that D'Souza presents some arguments that he had not heard before. As far as I know, Dinesh D'Souza is …

Review of Chapter 11 of The End Of Christianity

In chapter 11 of The End of Christianity, David Eller argues: (1) that, while religion and science can co-exist, they are not compatible; and (2) science has no need for religion and can only proceed when it is liberated from the specific claims and general mindset of religion. Eller believes that the essence of science …

Review of Chapter 10 of The End of Christianity

Full disclosure: I am a universalist. This means that I believe that all people will eventually be saved and spend eternity with God in the new creation. I do not deny that sinners will be punished in the afterlife. I just believe the punishment will be for a finite duration. It is also worth noting …

Review of Chapter 9 of The End of Christianity

Just to make sure it is abundantly clear, Price is assuming the historical accuracy of the Gospels for the sake of argument only. He is not seriously proposing these theories. In chapter 9 of The End of Christianity, Robert Price takes the basic historical accuracy of the Gospels for granted and tries to show 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 …