Posts tagged ‘Jesus’

July 20, 2012

Why Swallow That?

The Resurrection of Christ (Kinnaird Resurrection)

Is that a trampoline down there? The Resurrection of Christ (Kinnaird Resurrection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There is a heroic legend in the technology community about the man who invented elevator safety brakes. He claimed that any elevator fitted with his brakes, even if all the cables broke, would be safely and swiftly stopped by his new invention. No one trusted it. Did he get angry or indignant? No. He simply put himself in an elevator, ordered the cables cut, and proved to the world, by risking his own life, that his brakes worked. This is the very principle that has delivered us from superstition to science. Any claim can be made about a drug, but people are rightly wary of swallowing anything that hasn’t been thoroughly tested and re-tested and tested again. Since I have no such proofs regarding the resurrection story, I’m not going to swallow it, and it would be cruel, even for a god, to expect otherwise of me. So I can reason rightly that a god of all humankind would not appear in one tiny backwater of the Earth, in a backward time, revealing himself to a tiny unknown few, and then expect the billions of the rest of us to take their word for it, and not even their word, but the word of some unknown person many times removed.

Yet, if one returns to what was probably Paul’s conception of a Christ risen into a new, spiritual body, then the resurrection becomes no longer a historical proof of the truth of Christianity, but an article of faith, an affirmation that is supposed to follow nothing other than a personal revelation of Christ—not to be believed on hearsay, but experienced for oneself. Though I do not believe this is a reliable way to come to a true understanding of the world, as internal experience only tells us about ourselves and not the truth of the world outside of us, I leave it to the Christians here to consider a spiritual resurrection as a different way to understand their faith. But I don’t see any reason to buy the resurrection story found in the Gospels.

 

Richard CarrierWhy I Don’t Buy the Resurrection Story (6th Ed., 2006)

Phenomenal half-hour Yale University speech touching pretty heavily on the historic story of Jesus and his resurrection.

April 6, 2012

Noodles In The Sand

reblogged from Atheist me

March 11, 2012

Jesus (Mithra, Thor, Satan, Vishnu, Allah, or…) Save My Soul, Please.

If any of you religionistas  out there can provide me with any  independently verifiable physical proof of the existence  gods, fairies, demons, Santa. the Easter bunny, or any other such supernatural and magical beings or claims of deeds done by these “powerful” creatures I will beg forgiveness from such deities as are prove and become a disciple. This evidence must be able to withstand vigorous scientific inspection by a selection of scientists of my choosing.

In addition I would challenge anyone out there to provide verifiable evidence that anything like a soul, exists to be saved or that any life exists beyond and after death.This evidence must also be physical and subject to scientific examination. Your faith, delusions, and holy texts aren’t enough.

Breathlessly I await. SOB

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December 29, 2011

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