Reading Time: 2 minutes Tintoretto [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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As I sure you are all aware, Twitter is the best place to have a debate concerning biblical historicity and epistemology. It really lends itself, as a platform, to robust debates that can bring into play the best arguments and the most robust defences, together with top sources. I really don’t so Twitter very much.

Here is an example of a rare foray into Twitter debating. Get stuck in if you care to:

https://twitter.com/JonezPhil/status/1377022743053537280

https://twitter.com/JonezPhil/status/1377058399205130246

Blah blah blah. You get the point. These types of Christians argue with such unfounded surety that their beliefs are built on firm foundations. Yet what we have here is someone who exudes Christian exceptionalism and who thinks the appearance to the 500 is an undisputed fact because…Paul. The epistemological stance here is completely untenable.

I kept demanding the entirety of evidence for the appearance to the 500-plus because this is the entirety of said evidence:

1 Corinthians 15:3-5:

“3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters[c] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. ”

Annnnd, that’s it. That is literally the entirety.

I get frustrated:

It’s the surefire belief that Paul undisputedly wrote some letters, so these letters must contain truth, and thus the appearance claims (barely skimmed over in assertion) must be true.

Happy Easter everyone; this is what the level of belief is in your probably sadly above-average Christian.


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A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...