My recent blog posts discussing philosophical naturalism really show that this course is relevant. Here is the question: on the historical evidence alone, unfettered by the presupposition that there is a God or that there isn’t one, and unfettered with baggage that reasonable people MUST interpret everything in naturalistic terms, can it be shown (again, on the historical evidence alone), that Jesus rose from the dead?
If he did, that is a prima facie case for the existence of God, and not just any God, the Christian God, and it also undermines naturalism.
The Athanatos Online Academy’s course on the historical evidence of the resurrection seeks to expose the fact that virtually every and all argument against the resurrection boils down to the assumption that philosophical naturalism is the true account of the world, or if it is not the true one, it is the one we must prefer. It is all well and good to adopt a methodological naturalism in some areas of inquiry, but if the very question is whether or not naturalism is the true account, or whether or not non-naturalistic or even super-naturalistic realities offer the true account, then assuming naturalism is clearly circular reasoning and begging the question.
Everyone knows this. I have only just now recapitulated the arguments of Christian apologists ranging from CS Lewis to William Lane Craig. Atheists know this is true. They just don’t think it is unreasonable. For those of us who wish to build our view of the world based on what is real without deciding in advance what is real, I submit that the Academy’s course on the matter is just the ticket.
It begins Friday, April 25th and lasts for just two weeks. William Lane Craig’s book “The Son Rises: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus” is the ‘text’ book. Alternative materials are provided from the Internet but participants in the course are strongly advised to pick up the book.
Positive arguments for the resurrection form the core of the course but objections to those arguments are introduced as well, as one would certainly expect.
The Academy portal page is: http://www.athanatosministries.org/academy/
In order to sign up and pay for the course you will have to enroll in the apologetics academy.
Here is the direct link to the course on the Historicity of the Resurrection.