Category Archives: Historical Jesus

Four Reasons Christianity Hasn’t Been Explained Away

The New Theism

The rhetoric of the New Atheism is so extreme that their arguments are often lost in the resultant “trolling” and “twitter wars”. This is a shame: there are many secularists who do not want to eradicate religion, but who nevertheless accept some of the central claims of the new atheists.

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The Resurrection: What Paul Saw

The testimony of the apostle Paul for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is often overlooked or misinterpreted. Some allege that Acts and Paul’s letters suggest that Paul had a vision or hallucination on the road to Damascus. Others argue that Paul did not believe that Jesus physically rose from the dead; rather, Paul believed that Jesus survived in spiritual form.

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Some Short Articles in Defence of Easter

The Christian faith is profoundly rational. The Cross answers our deepest moral and existential needs. The case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ depends on various well-supported facts:  that Jesus’ followers believed that they had seen him alive again; that they believed he had been resurrected; and that his tomb was empty a few days after his death. Not one of these facts is supernatural in character and each can be established by normal historical methodology.

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12 Defences of Christmas

Last Christmas  a poorly informed article on a prominent Irish humanist site – “The Twelve Myths of Christmas” – inspired us to develop a 12 part defence of Christmas . We have gathered all twelve articles on one page for those who missed the festive fun, or for those who want to revisit our defence of Christmas.

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David Hume, Miracles and the Speculations of The Spectator

In a recent article in the Spectator, Matthew Parris writes:

I wish I were a religious conservative: the field’s wide open. It must be dispiriting for believers to encounter so little intelligent support for belief. It’s certainly infuriating for us non-believers, because there’s hardly anyone left who seems capable of giving us a good argument.

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