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The Case Against Christianity Paperback – March 29, 1993
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"A thorough, logical examination of the major tenants of Christianity by a professional philosopher (not a theologian).... [This] is the best book for the intelligent reader that examines the case for and against Christianity.... The book is must reading for all who discuss (or defend) Christianity from a critical point of view."
"An insightful and provocative rational analysis of the major doctrinal claims of Christianity.... While a creative critique in its own right, this work is in the tradition of Friedrich Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell, Paul Kurtz, and Edmund Cohen among others...."
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As a text some of it is a bit plodding. The reason for this is that unlike other books rather than just outlining his position, he advances his argument by contrasting it to other arguments against his position. Thus in the chapter about the resurrection he discusses at some length the position o Habermas a thinker who suggests that the resurrection is a historic event. He then responds to those arguments at some length but the narrative flow is rather poor.
The arguments around the resurrection and the historical nature of Jesus are the same arguments which have been running around free thought circles for years and have been outlined by such people as Remsberg (The Christ) and Cutner (Jesus God, Man or Myth). That is that the biblical accounts of Jesus life are contradictory and the Gospels appear to have been written years after the event. The structure of the Gospels suggest stories which are mythical or elaborated and there is a complete absence outside Christian sources to verify what is meant to have gone on. Martin tends to labour these points a bit and in my view Remsberg is by far the strongest exponent of these arguments.
The rest of the book is however reasonably original. The argument against the incarnation is in short that the biblical account of the temptation of Jesus is inconsistent with his divine nature.Read more ›
Don't let Christians/Atheists with agendas throw you -- This book is a must-have for anyone interested in the topics it covers.
Does it thoroughly discredit Christianity? No, it does not. But, as the author admits, that isn't the point of the book. What The Case Against Christianity is... is a great introduction to the topics-at-hand... not too bad for a book that is already almost 10 years old.
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Michael L. Martin (born 1932) is professor emeritus at Boston University, and sits on the editorial board of the philosophy journal, Philo. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Steven H Propp
Great case against christianity. Presents a comprehensive critique of the arguments for the existence of God and a defense of arguments against the existence of God.Published on February 12, 2013 by Thomas C. Moore
In a brief 263 pages, Martin manages to make substantial points against important Christian doctrines, from historical claims of the resurrection, the virgin birth, and the... Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Nolan
I found that Mr. Martin misunderstands the historical truths that he is trying to argue against. Its hard to keep reading when you realize that he doesn't have a correct... Read morePublished on October 1, 2009 by J. Cecil
I love this book. My favorite part is on the historicity of Jesus and the resurrection. His clear, thoroughly readable arguments made it clear in my mind that Jesus never... Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Cypress Green
The comment I would like to leave is on Professor Martin's chapter on the resurrection. He is correct that the resurrection of Jesus is critical to Christianity being true. Read morePublished on October 20, 2008 by Aaron O'Neal
The book is so well explained that there is no reason to deny its arguments. Michael Martin have handled Christianity masterfully and with brutal honesty. Read morePublished on September 21, 2008 by Luis
Why does this author refuse to consider that there is an intellect and power greater than his own? Don't waste your time on this one.... Read morePublished on September 19, 2008 by Seeker of Truth
It is clear that Michael Martin made up his mind that the Bible can't be trusted before even looking at the facts. Read morePublished on December 28, 2005 by Dan A.