Notes from a Dialog: Born of a virgin in Bethlehem?

Christians after Jesus gradually evolved a number of stories supporting the idea that he was the son of David in the absence of any supporting evidence. It is supposition gradually solidified in the re-telling. This also explains why the genealogies contradict each other and why the virgin birth stories co-exist with the son of David stories.

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Evidence Considered: Notes on writing

I wrote this book accidentally, only realizing half way through that it might be worth converting my blog series into a book. The blog series was a set of posts responding to a collection of essays entitled Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science. But I realized that my argument for atheism is the same as a set of reasons for why theistic arguments fail to persuade me. And 50 arguments would surely cover many of the main reasons people have for belief.

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Evidence Considered: The Making of a Cover

At some point, I thought I might make some of my blog into a book, so I idly mentioned cover design to my friend Joshua Wright. And so began an entertaining art project. First, we needed a concept. I had an idea of Lady Justice, weighing the evidence, which fitted with the book’s theme. But Josh saw some deeper levels to the analogy. What if considering the evidence was an act of rebellion? Graffiti on a structure that was beginning to crumble. I had used similar analogies in some of my writing and so the idea evolved.

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Evidence Considered: Did Jesus Really Exist?

This is an excerpt from Evidence Considered: A Response to Evidence for God. Evidence for God is a book edited by William Dembski and Michael Licona that presents fifty arguments for faith from the Bible, history, philosophy, and science. In this excerpt, I respond to the twenty-seventh chapter by Richard Spencer entitled: “Intelligent, Optimal, and Divine Design.” This is one of the chapters in the section of the book on the question of Jesus.

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