Today, I’m launching my new series called “Cross Examination: Is Debunking Christianity Possible?” The purpose of this series is for the examination of my own faith.
As I said before, in this series, I will delve into the questions about Christianity that both drive people from the church (as on ExChristian.net), and those questions that keep people from ever entering the church in the first place. There was one person, in a comment on ExChristian.net, that said, “only someone who has nothing to say could drag this out for a whole year. Try 52 minutes… and you’re done!”
Contrary to this person’s opinion, there is much debate over the existence of God, the accuracy of the Bible, and the morality of the Bible (just to name a few controversies). And, just because Sam Harris or William Lane Craig says something on their blog, or in a book, doesn’t make it the truth. I prefer to read widely, and from each corner of the debate. This will take some time.
Here’s the approach that I will take to my study: I will begin with general topics, and move toward more specific topics. For example, today’s post is on how we can know truth. It’s a philosophical principle, and not one directly related to Christianity, but the implications of how one handles truth are foundational to how one views the Bible and Christianity. From the general principles, I will move to the more specific debates.
Here are some books that I intend to read in the course of my study (many of them have been recommended to me by members of ExChristian.net):
- Godless – by Dan Barker and Richard Dawkins
- The Christian Delusion – by John Loftus
- I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist – by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek
- The God Delusion – by Richard Dawkins
- Why I Believed: Reflections of a Former Missionary – by Kenneth Daniels
- Is God a Moral Monster? – by Paul Copan
- Letter to a Christian Nation – by Sam Harris
- The Reliability of the New Testament - by Robert Stewart
I realize that there are people on ExChristian.net who have done a lot of reading about these issues, and I’m happy to host any criticisms that they might have. In fact, if you have an opposing viewpoint that you would like to air, I am willing to post your thoughts on my website for everyone to read! You can contact me through the “Contact Me” link, and include your thoughts and email address. Here are the guidelines for things that I will post:
- They must be between 500-1,000 words
- Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
- They must not be mere rants or personal (ad hominem) attacks. They must add to the discussion or debate, and must be well-written. I reserve the right to reject a post if I have to make too many edits for it to be readable.
- They must be related to something on which I’ve already posted. If you have thoughts about something I have NOT posted, you can suggest a topic to me via the Contact Me page.
- I will likely copyedit your post for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If I make substantive changes (unlikely), I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
If you would like to see any of the precursor posts to this series, here’s a list: