Don’t bare more burden than is necessary to refute atheism. As explained in this article, often we can lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the particulars that are less significant in the grand scheme of things regarding world and life views. This flirts with the logical fallacy of composition (what’s true of a part…is true of the whole). Enjoy!
A while back, I was discussing a recent debate that a friend attended between an atheist musician named Dan Barker and a Christian with a doctorate in New Testament Studies named Justin Bass.
According to my friend’s report, the atheist questioned the existence of Nazareth, and then went on from there to assert that everything we know about Jesus is legendary.
This is what the atheist’s argument sounds like:
- If the New Testament contains reliable history about Jesus, then Nazareth must exist.
- Nazareth does not exist.
- Therefore, the New Testaments does not contain reliable history about Jesus. (M.T. 1,2)
I was able to find a web site where an atheist was making the claim that Nazareth did not exist at the time of Jesus. So this is not completely outside the realm of mainstream atheism. I doubled checked with two more people…
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