One of the most common Strawman arguments that conservative Christian apologists love to lob at counter-apologists and other skeptics when discussing the evidence for the Resurrection is that we believe in the existence of group hallucinations/visions. And it is because of our uninformed belief in group hallucinations/group visions that we dismiss as delusional nonsense the New Testament’s claims of groups of eyewitnesses seeing a resurrected Jesus at the same time and place.
I personally have never made this claim and most modern counter-apologists I know do not make this claim.
Because we know that the overwhelming majority of modern psychiatrists and psychologists believe that it is extremely unlikely that even two people would have the same hallucinatory experience (or dream) at the same time let alone a group of people.
But what is funny is this: The New Testament itself claims that group visions are possible!
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I[a] will make three dwellings[b] here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved;[c] with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
–Gospel of Matthew, chapter 17
It’s too bad that the divinely inspired authors of the New Testament weren’t aware of the fact that group visions/hallucinations are not possible. Maybe if they had known that, they wouldn’t have invented such a silly tall tale.
Jesus and his three disciples did not simultaneously “see”, at the same time and place, a meeting with Moses and Elijah on the top of a mountain in their four brains. This is a silly, scientifically ignorant tall tale. Yet Christians insist that we accept other preposterous claims—told in these same books—such as virgin births, people walking on water, and resurrecting corpses as historically accurate facts.
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