Are Atheists and Skeptics biased against the Supernatural?

“I want to stress this point because conservative Christian apologists, in order to score debating points, often claim that this is the case. In their view, if historians did not have anti-supernaturalist biases or assumptions, they would be able to affirm the historical “evidence” that Jesus was raised from the dead. I should point out that these Christian apologists almost never consider the “evidence” for other miracles from the past that have comparable – or even better – evidence to support them:

There were dozens of senators who claimed that the first Roman king Romulus was snatched up into heaven from their midst, for example; and there are many thousands of committed Roman Catholics who can attest that the Blessed Virgin Mary has appeared to them, alive – a claim that fundamentalist and conservative evangelical Christians roundly discount, even though the “evidence” of it is very extensive indeed. It’s always easy to scream “Anti-Supernatural Bias” when someone does not think that the miracles of your own tradition can be historically established; it’s much harder to admit that miracles of other traditions are just as readily demonstrated. In any event, my view is that none of these divine miracles, or any others, can be established historically.”     

                                                                                                      Dr. Bart Ehrman

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