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It was Easter 1979--born again experience

Early Days of Atheism.

I was born in Dallas Texas, in the mid 1950's, and raised in a clean, white, southern middle class setting, complete with old civil war sentimentality and country values. Our family had been staunch members of a certain fundamentalist sect, as far as I can tell, from before the civil war. They were probably in on the founding of the group and may have been based in Barton W. Stone's Kaine Ridge Revival, in the Kentucky of that period known as "The Second Great Awakening." It was a very exclucivistic group called "the Church of Christ." They were almost cult-like in that they believed they were the only true Church, and all others were going to hell, (even the baptists and Catholics-- especially the Catholics). They were so self-righteous they didn't even use instrumental music because they thought that made them more holy. In the 1960s, when I hit th…

good source for Resurrection.

Here is a good You Tube Video arguing for Res It does a good job, this is my bit for Easter

Story of Empty Tomb Dated to Mid First Century )

Helmutt Koester (1926-2016)

This is my contribution to a book Called Defending the Resurrection edited by J.P. Holiding. I urge the reader to buy it as there are many fine arguments made in it. Not all of this article was used. This is its original form it was changed substantially in several ways, such are the needs of editors.


Skeptical machinations are endless, anytime the tide turns toward the apologist the skeptic will take a further step back and seek to change the ground rules in a fundamental way. So it is with the perennial resurrection debate since the tide was shifted by McDowell and then by Craig, years ago. One of the major tactics used by skeptics to change the ground rules has been to uproot all points of the compass so the apologist can’t get his/her bearings as to what events are actually historical and thus defensible. To accomplish this, the skeptic has partly pulled off a resurrection of his own, by resurrecting old ninetieth century clap trap that was …

Seeing is Believing - The Subtle Truth in the Reporting on the Black Hole

Invisible black holes throughout the fabric of space-time have been the stuff of science fiction books and movies for decades. They are fiction no more. On Wednesday, a team of scientists released the first image of a supermassive black hole, showing a dark ring defining the hole surrounded by the event horizon, a fiery orange of superheated gas and dust where some light can still escape. ~ VLA research contributes to 1st image of black hole, April 10, 2019. This morning, I woke up to find the first image ever of a black hole – this particular black hole being a super-massive black hole located at the center of a galaxy called Messier 87, or M87, a mere 55 million light years from Earth - in my morning newspaper. Of course, the photo had already been all over the Internet the prior day, so although the image is spectacular and a great technological feat, the news was no longer surprising. But what caught my attention this morning was the introductory language from the article that I …

Resurrection of Christ: Historical or History Making?

I affirm the literal resurrection of Christ, as I affirm the Nicene creed. Unfortunately, affirming it and proving it are two different things. Many apologists try to use the Resurrection as proof in itself that Jesus was the Son of God. The problem is, the event itself has to be proven, and is of equal dispute to the claims of Christ deity. Thus, I doubt that it makes a great tool for verifying the claims of the faith, since it is itself such a claim. On the other hand, let us ask ourselves, "was the true purpose of the resurrection as a proof of Jesus validity?" I think not. I think the true purpose was not to offer modern scientific "courtroom evidence" of the event (they did not have that standard), but to confirm in a religious way, for insiders, by provision of an important symbol. Tillich says that a symbol participates in the thing it symbolizes. Thus a bull fighter dying young is a symbol of darning courage going awry, but a non specific figure like the Am…