Monday, May 01, 2006

Arguments For Christianity Outline

This is a more thorough outline of my eventual response to Brian Holtz’s “Atheist Cage Match Challenge” (probably to be completed during summer 2006). It will be succinct yet detailed, objectively compelling, and full of scriptural citations and internal links.

0. Basic 12-Step Argument for Christianity

Theism is True
1.1 Cosmological Argument
1.1.1 Objections Answered
1.2 Moral Argument
1.2.1 Objections Answered

The Bible
2.1 Authorship
2.2 Dating
2.3 Inspiration
2.4 Morality of YHWH
2.4.1 “Subjugation of Women”
2.4.2 “Repressive Sexual Codes”
2.4.3 “Slavery”
2.4.4 “Mass Murder” and “Cruelty”
2.4.4.1 Noah’s Flood
2.4.4.2 Canaanites
2.4.4.3 Amalekites
2.4.4.4 Midianites
2.4.4.5 First-born in Egypt
2.4.4.6 Other Alleged Injustices
2.4.5 “Sacrifice”

Prophecy
3.1 Biblical Dating
3.2 Nature of Prophecy
3.3 Extra-Biblical Documentation
3.4 Second Coming of Christ
3.5 Alleged False Prophecies
3.6 Other Objections Answered
3.7 Messianic Prophecies

Jesus Christ
4.1 Genealogy, Birthplace, and Birthdate
4.2 Virgin Birth
4.3 Infancy and Childhood
4.4 Family and Their Beliefs
4.5 Character
4.6 Ministry
4.7 Uniqueness Among Religious Leaders
4.8 Trilemma/Quadrilemma/Quintilemma
4.9 Jesus in the Epistles
4.10 Secular References

Gospels
5.1 Authorship and Dating
5.2 Alleged Literary Dependence
5.3 Reliability
5.4 Harmony
5.5 Other Gospels
5.6 Alleged Fabrication

Miracles
6.1 Old Testament
6.1.1 Parting of the Red Sea
6.1.2 Sun Dial
6.1.3 Others
6.2 New Testament
6.2.1 Good Friday Earthquake
6.2.2 Good Friday Resurrectees
6.2.3 Christmas Star
6.2.4 Good Friday Darkness
6.2.5 Raising of Lazarus and Jairus’ Daughter
6.2.6 Feeding of the Five Thousand
6.2.7 “Unimpressiveness”
6.2.8 Others
6.3 Possibility of Miracles
6.4 Alleged mythologizing/hoaxes/delusions/hysteria/hallucinations/misinterpretations/rationalizations

Resurrection
7.1 Eyewitnesses
7.2 Harmony
7.3 Guards
7.4 Empty Tomb
7.5 “Wrong Tomb”
7.6 “Stolen Body”
7.7 “Moved Body”
7.8 Alleged mythologizing/hoaxes/delusions/hysteria/hallucinations/misinterpretations/rationalization/embellishment/exaggeration/psychosomatic (“faith”) healing/deception
7.9 “Swoon Theory”
7.10 “Mistaken Identity Theory”
7.11 Other Theories

Afterlife
8.1 Immortality
8.1.1 Objections Answered
8.2 Coherence and Nature of Heaven
8.3 Hell
8.3.1 Nature of Hell
8.3.2 Justness of Hell [also discusses the "traditional" doctrine of Hell]

Trinity and Hypostatic Union
9.1 “A Quaternity”
9.2 “A Contradiction”
9.3 Jesus’ Claims to Be God
9.3.1 More than Two Dozen Alleged Counter-Claims Analyzed
9.4 Jesus’ Proof to be God
9.5 Heresy
9.6 Trinity in the Old Testament
9.7 Trinity in the New Testament
9.8 Superiority of Trinitarianism to Unitarianism