The Stupidity of Using Mathematical Formulas to Prove the Resurrection

Comment on:  Debunking Christianity

As somebody with a degree in mathematics, I look in disgust at every apologist who tries to use Bayes theorem to “establish the likelihood of the resurrection.” Bayes theorem requires that we have an established background probability, and as far as I know, the dead stay dead. The background probability of coming back from the dead (after more than a few minutes) is 0.

Ask any school child and they’ll tell you that zero times anything is always zero. Just more apologists trying to pull the wool over the eyes of their math ignorant flock.  Establish that people come back from the dead, and we can start talking about Jesus coming back from the dead.

—Herald Newman

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2 thoughts on “The Stupidity of Using Mathematical Formulas to Prove the Resurrection

  1. Gary, this is a good post. In my view, Bayes’ theorem, at least in history, is only useful in proving what you want to prove. Swinburne uses it to prove that God exists, and that Jesus was resurrected, whereas Carrier uses it to prove that Jesus never existed.

    In short, the truth or falsity of Christianity is not quantifiable. It rests on other grounds.

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    1. Thanks for your input, Stein.

      In my many conversations with Christians, very few have resorted to mathematical formulas to defend the supernatural claims of Christianity. Most believe that there is sufficient objective evidence to support these claims. A minority believe that these claims must be believed by faith.

      It is a fascinating subject!

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