Does rationality matter? If people gain support and comfort through believing in a God and a supernatural dimension of angels, saints and a heavenly afterlife, ought those who have concluded that there is no rational basis for such beliefs seek to change their minds? In principle, it seems almost axiomatic that when a society formulates much of its views of the universe, its philosophy and ethics, its public policy and education, on things which have no basis in reality, such a course can hardly be advantageous to that societys health. Indeed, it may cause great harm. Our understanding of the world around us, our progress in finding ways to get the best out of this world, to live in harmony with it and with each other, to achieve the maximum in human happiness and the availability of human rights, cannot help but suffer.
Lee Strobel, in The Case for Christ, goes through the motions of a scientific reasoned approach to the Christian record, in an attempt to support the validity of the Gospel content and the truth of the resurrection. But the deficiencies and contradictions of that record will not bear the weight of such an enterprise, and the realities of the ancient world setting in which Christianity arose impose on us their own understanding of the Christian movement and how it began. Challenging the Verdict is the challenge of history, rationality and scientific research to the full body of Christian doctrine, in the hope that our 21st century will see the passing away of such irrationalities and the arrival of an Age of Reason.
One cannot change the world overnight, or even within a lifetime, and there are many forms of irrationality in present-day society. It is not possible to address them all, and I have no delusions on that score. But I have attempted in my own limited way to make some contribution to the promotion of reason and science in the belief systems our society has adopted, and especially in the field of Christian origins, both in my two books and on my web site.
Earl J. Doherty (born 1941) is a Canadian author who has also written books such as Jesus: Neither God Nor Man - The Case for a Mythical Jesus, The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steven H Propp
First off, let me say that I'm an atheist who is sympathetic to the idea that Jesus was a mythical character, even though I'm not fully convinced. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Leon K. Mire
The simplest way to evaluate this book is to open it to any random page, and with a highlighter marker, mark every single time Doherty makes an unsupported assertion. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Perry Marshall
After opening the front cover of CHALLENGING THE VERDICT, one finds an advanced review of the book written by Lee Salisbury, a former evangelical church pastor; now writer and... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Olan Strickland
Doherty confronts and all but destroys Dr. Strobels' so-called experts by hanging them with their own rope. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Speckinspace
Good Read, but equally as many holes as CFC. Its good to see the counter arguements for non-believers, but in the end, both have holes. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Rudolph Cassol
For anyone who is truly open minded and would like to review the full range of arguments that are persuasive to skeptics (instead of indulging in endless bickering about the... Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Ellen Jackson
Ultimately, faith is a gift. No amount of reason, skeptical diatribe, skillful refutation, clever argument, or any other intellectual approach can replace the gift of faith. Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Amanuensis
While Doherty's wringing style may leave a little to be desired, one can not question his facts and conclusions. Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Rocco Pagano