Monday, December 27, 2010

The Usual Suspects- Responses to "Notable" Skeptics

This is a page designed to offer various critiques and answers to the arguments offered up by opponents of Christianity. I will be adding more names to the list. If you have a specific skeptic that you think should be included or an excellent response to one already on the list, please let me know via the comments.

Dan Barker

Answers to Dan Barker's Bible Quiz by J.P. Holding

Answer to Dan Barker's Easter Challenge by Dr. Gastrich

A Response to Dan Barker's Pagan Christianity by Tyler V

Barker's Blunders: A Response to Dan Barker's "Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?" by David Wood

Dan Barker's Losing Faith in Faith: A Critique
by J.P. Holding

Dan Barker's 30 Questions by Dr. Gastrich

Dan Barker vs. Mike Licona (2003 Video)

Taming Bible "Discrepancies" by Rachel D. Ramer- This article will aid readers in understanding Barker's brand of Bible reading.

Various Essays
by Mariano Grinbank of True Freethinker

Richard Carrier

Do No Miracles Today imply None in the Past?: A Critique of Richard Carrier's methodology by Amy Sayers

Good 'n' Senseless without God: A Critical Review of Richard Carrier's new book, Sense and Goodness without God by David Wood

Is Atheism a Safe Bet? by Amy Sayers; here Sayers responses to Carrier's attack on Pascal's Wager

Mike Licona vs. Richard Carrier (2010 Video)

Richard Carrier: Equal to Aristotle? by David Wood

Richard Carrier vs. William Lane Craig Audio Debate- This debate says a lot!

The Problem with Miracles by Kyle Butt

The Real Jesus: A Brief Portrait by Amy Sayers

Two Ancient Teachers, Two Bad Analogies by Amy Sayers

Richard Dawkins

A Review of The God Delusion by Bede

Comparing Dawkins' Blind Faith with Flew's Evidence by Peter S. Williams

Darwin's Rottweiler and the Public Understanding of Scientism by Peter S. Williams

Dawkins' Central Argument Once More by William Lane Craig

Debunking Dawkins: The God Delusion by Rich Deem

Does Science Prove that God Does Not Exist?  A Look at Richard Dawkins by Gregory Ganssle NEW!

Has Science Eliminated God? Richard Dawkins and the Meaning of Life by Alister McGrath [transcript and audio available]

Reflections on Dawkins' The Blind Watchmaker by Dallas Willard

Richard Dawkins' Argument for Atheism in The God Delusion by William Lane Craig

Some Thoughts on Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion by P.M. Doyle

The Dawkins Confusion by Alvin Plantinga

The Dawkins' Delusion by Alister McGrath [Article summary of his book]

The Delusion's of Richard Dawkins by Peter Harrison

The Devil's Chaplain by Stephen Barr

The Storyteller and the Scientist by Phillip E. Johnson

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Richard Dawkins' Failed Rebuttal of Natural Theology by Peter S. Williams

What would God say to Richard Dawkins? by Melvin Tinker (Audio)

Audio Talk

More rebuttals of Dawkins' work can be found here and here.

Daniel Dennett

Daniel Dennett Hunts the Snark by David B. Hart

God, Naturalism, and the Foundations of Morality by Paul Copan

In Defense of Theistic Arguments- William Lane Craig critiques Dennett's arguments against theism (audio)

Earl Doherty

A Short Review of The Jesus Puzzle by Christopher Price

Earl Doherty and Apostolic Tradition by Christopher Price

Earl Doherty, the Jesus Myth, and Second Century Christian Writings by GakuseiDon

Earl Daherty's use of the Epistle to the Hebrews by Christopher Price Part I Part II

Earl Doherty use of the phrase "According to the Flesh" by Christopher Price

Mike Licona responses to Earl Doherty (Deals with Flemming's film, The God Who Wasn't There)

The Myth Makers: A Review of Doherty's The Jesus Puzzle by Roger Pearse

Bart Ehrman

A Response to Bart Ehrman by Thomas Howe [PDF]

Audio of Mike Licona Responding to Bart Ehrman by Apologetics315 [47 minutes]

Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: An Analysis by Peter J. Williams; other materials here offered that deal with Ehrman's arguments

Debate on the NT Documents between Bart Ehrman and Peter Williams

Bart Ehrman's Forged: Writing in the Name of God- A Review by Mike Licona

Ehrman Project- This site provides responses to Ehrman's provocative conclusions

Losing Christianity: A New Testament Scholar's Fall from Faith by Stephen J. Bedard

Misquoting Jesus: Does Bart Ehrman Prove that the New Testament is Corrupt? by Daniel McCarthy

Misunderstanding Christianity: Do Scribal Changes really Matter and Why? (A Response to Bart Ehrman by H.L. Nigro

Review of Bart Ehrman's Book: "Forged: Writing in the Name of God" by Mike Licona NEW!

Brian Flemming

A Review of
The God Who Wasn't There by Mike Licona

The Argument that Wasn't There by Melinda Penner

Sam Harris

Among the Unbelievers: The Tedium of Dogmatic Atheism by Christ Lehman, Reason Magazine

A Review of  Sam Harris's book "Free Will" by Sean McDowell

Navigating Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape by William Lane Craig

Sam Harris' Equivocation on "The Good" by Max Andrews NEW!

Sam Harris' Faith in Eastern Spirituality and Muslim Torture by John Gorenfield

Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation: Answer Key by J.P. Holding

Stoning and Cherry Pickers by Mariano Grinbank

The End of Faith-a review by Peter Hartwell

The Faith of Disbelief by Dennis Prager

The Undeluded Truth? by Ravi Zacharias

Stephen Hawking

As a Scientist I'm Certain that Stephen Hawking is Wrong. You can't Explain the Universe without God by Professor John Lennox

Has Science Eliminated God? with Dr. William Lane Craig (mp3s)
Part I Part II

Hawking and the Grand Designer MP3 by Peter S. Williams

The Grand Design- Truth or Fiction by Dr. William Lane Craig 

Christopher Hitchens

A Chapter by chapter critique of Hitchens' God is Not Great by Douglas Wilson [Be sure to start at 31 and work your way backwards]

Atheism Ranting: The Pity and Poverty of Modern Anti-Theism by John Mark Reyonolds

Hitchens Doesn't have the Goods by Stand to Reason

Hitchens vs. Hitchens by Peter Hitchens

Is Christianity Good for the World? A discussion between Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens hosted by Christianity Today

Lawrence Krauss 

A Universe From Someone: Against Lawrence Krauss by Peter S. Williams NEW!

Pale, Small, Silly Nerdy: NY Times Give a Devastating Smack to New Atheists' Favorite Cosmologist

What Part of "Nothing" Does Lawrence Krauss Not Understand? by James Barham

"A Universe From Nothing" with William Lane Craig; a 3 pt. podcast

John Loftus

Another Failed Argument from Evil by Mary Jo Sharp

Loftus: Apologist to Atheist by Norm Geisler

The Will to Disbelieve: A Critical Review of the Loftus-Wood Debate

Elaine Pagels

Beyond Credibility: A Critical Review of Elaine Pagels' Beyond Belief by Sophia De Morgan

Gnostic Gnonsense: A Critical Review of Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels by Sophia De Morgan

What about the Gospel of Thomas?: A 14 minute video debate between Mike Licona and Elaine Pagels

Jesus Seminar

Darrell Bock on the Jesus Seminar(MP3 Audio) by Apologetics315

Five Gospels, but No Gospel: Jesus and the Seminar by N.T. Wright [PDF]

Marcus Borg: a Critique by J.P. Holding

Rediscovering the Historical Jesus: Presuppositions and Pretensions of the Jesus Seminar by William Lane Craig

Response to J.D. Crossan: Doing Justice to Jesus by N.T. Wright

The Jesus Seminar by Jimmy Williams

The Jesus Seminar and the Gospel of Thomas by James White

The Jesus Seminar and the Public: Take Another Look by Darrell Bock

The Jesus Seminar Under Fire by Greg Koukl

Unmasking the Jesus Seminar by Mark D. Roberts

William Lane Craig vs. Marcus Borg: The Resurrection(MP3 audio) by Apologetics315

Michael Shermer

A Summary Critique: Why Science Can't Explain Morality by Paul Copan- Book review of The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule

Michael Shermer and Ben Witherington Discuss the Gospels by Mariano Grinbank

Michael Shermer- The Moral Argument for Embarrassment by Mariano Grinbank

Michael Shermer, "Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against ID" (Lecture) Corrected by Doug Groothuis

Shermer's Chivalry by Mariano Grinbank

Shermer's Conflicted Message by Casey Luskin

John Shelby Spong

Debate: William Lane Craig vs. John Shelby Spong: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? Audio Video

Spong Kong Phooey by Brent Hardaway

What is Wrong with Bishop Spong? by Michael Bott and Jonathan Sarfarti

Farrell Till

Farrell Till Exposed: A Response to Ferrell Till's Take on Prophecy by Firebranded

Firebrand's Answer to Till, Part 2

The Resurrection of Osiris According to Farrell Till by Mark Mcfall

G.A. Wells

A Summary Critique: Questioning the Existence of Jesus by Dr. Gary Habermas

Who is G.A. Wells? by Gregory S. Neal

Courage and Godspeed,

Note to Readers: The use of the film The Usual Suspects is simply for creative fun! This is not meant to imply anything about skeptics themselves.


Shelby Cade said...

Thank you Chad, this is a great resource. I would only add Marcus Borg and John Dominick Crossan

Chad said...

Hello Shelby,

Thank you for taking the time to comment and for your great ministry!

Crossan is one I was planning on adding, but I had forgotten about Borg.



Dante said...

Wow, this is quite helpful. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the website.

The link on Christopher Hitchens

A Chapter by chapter critique of Hitchens' God is Not Great by Douglas Wilson [Be sure to scroll down]....

is down, could you please fix it?


Nick Potts said...

yea, I'm in the same boat as Shelby, I would like to see Borg and Crossan on there as well. other than that, thank you very much Chad, this is some great resources!

Chad V. said...

These resources will definitely help out with potential conversations with some family members who are not believers. Appreciate you putting this out here in one spot!!

Chad said...


Thank you everybody for your helpful suggestions!

I fixed the link to Doug Wilson's chapter by chapter review of Hitch's God is not Great. The format is a little strange, but it's there.

Further, regarding Borg and Crossan, I am thinking of adding a section that deals with the Jesus Seminar in general. It seems that most the refutations and rebuttals of their works that I am finding are under that label.


Thank all of you again!


Thomas Louw said...

Thanks guys this is going to be very helpful.
Do you know where I can get some information on the dating of the gospels?
I have read a few articles of guys claiming that even some liberals agree with conservative scholar Wenham on the dating of Matthew at about 46Ad. Do you know who they are?

Chad said...

Hello Everyone,

I added sections for the Jesus Seminar and Michael Shermer.

More to come!


Chad said...

Hello Thomas,

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

A recent article I've checked out that could help is Recent Perspectives on the Reliability of the Gospels by Dr. Gary Habermas.

Do you know who they are?

I do not. If I run across anything in the near future that might be helpful I'll be sure to post it here!