I believe that in the case of the overwhelming majority of Christians, their belief that a first century peasant is the creator, ruler of the universe, is based primarily on their warm, fuzzy, comforting feelings about this belief, intuition, perceptions, and subjective personal experiences. In reality, historical evidence plays a very small role in their belief. Appeals to weak historical claims are used as a front by apologists to provide respectability for this ancient superstition to the secular world. Most educated Christians don’t want to admit that their supernatural belief is primarily based on their emotions, yet the truth is—it is!
Christian apologist William Lane Craig once said, “The simplest of Christians (someone with no education whatsoever) can know that Jesus rose from the dead (and is therefore the Creator and Lord of the universe) simply by the testimony of the Holy Spirit in his heart.”
Christian apologetics is a ruse. The real issue is this: Are intense feelings, intuitions, perceptions, and subjective personal experiences reliable, sufficient evidence for universal truth claims? The answer to any unbiased person is: No.
A “cumulative case” for Christ? Yea, cumulative in this sense:
Emotions, intuitions, perceptions, subjective personal experiences: 90%
Empirical and/or historical evidence: 10%
That kind of “cumulative” belief regarding a universal truth claim, such as who or what is the creator of the universe, is silly and irrational. If a member of any other religion on the planet used this “cumulative case” for his god or gods, Christians would hand-wave away his or her argument without giving it any thought. Yet, Christians expect skeptics to engage in mind-numbing philosophical mind games in their desperate attempts to make a silly and irrational “cumulative case” for a two thousand year old superstition appear reasonable and rational.
Wake up Christians! This is cult thinking! You are in a cult.
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