Conservative Christian blogger:
I don’t understand why we should even have a conversation about any of this at all. If there is no evidence that would have been available to a handful of people in the 1st century that would convince you in the 21st century that a supernatural event [the Resurrection] occurred, then all of the discussion about whether or not the gospels were written by eyewitnesses, and their reliability seems completely irrelevant. It seems that none of the conclusions would make any difference to you so why are we even discussing it? Why does it even matter to you then?
It matters to me for several reasons:
1. It is a fascinating subject since so many people on the planet consider this alleged event as the most important event in human history.
2. I enjoy a good debate.
3. I believe that superstitions are one of the greatest causes of human suffering, now and in the past.
4. I believe that the belief in the Resurrection is a superstition; a superstition that lies at the heart of one of the world’s largest supernatural belief systems; a belief system that has inflicted incredible violence and discrimination on non-adherents for the last 2000 years.
5. It excites me to be part of one of the greatest movements in the history of humanity: the debunking of religious superstitions and their eventual demise.
4 thoughts on “Why Do Skeptics Debate the Resurrection?”
People have been calling the demise of religion afoot for centuries now.
Not going to happen as far as I can tell:
Morphing into other things. Since the 20th century, every new religion has either been centred on some notion of Gainism/panpsychism, or has been a UFO religion. Every single one. The gods are being superceded, and that can’t be a bad thing.
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Christianity is in sharp decline in the western, educated world. Yes, it is growing in the Third World, such as Africa and Asia. I attribute this to Christianity’s message of hope in the afterlife and a support system in this life to people who are in desperate economic situations, who mostly lack education, and for whom internet access (access to science and non-supernatural sources of information) is very limited. Once the living standards and education levels of these societies improve, I predict they will follow the same pattern of religious decline that Europe and now North America have taken.
Another reason to challenge superstition/religion is the amount of damage it still does today; to progress, to equality, to our understanding of the world.
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