Bob's blog – A skeptical lawyer

Biblical inerrancy – The silent lie

Posted on July 19, 2019

      Judge Frank M. Coffin, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, wrote, “The most telling discovery a judge can make is that a brief has neglected to deal with an issue.”[1]  Judge Coffin understood that people who have no intelligent response to an argument will […]…Continue reading

Biblical inerrancy – Crabtree’s Bludgeon

Posted on July 8, 2019

    In a previous post, Biblical Inerrancy – Fixed Ideas and Occam’s Razor, I gave my two cents about how belief in biblical inerrancy requires evangelical Christians to explain away hundreds of errors and contradictions in the Bible. Evangelicals must ignore Occam’s razor and instead employ its polar opposite – Crabtree’s Bludgeon. Crabtree’s Bludgeon […]…Continue reading

Biblical inerrancy – Fixed ideas and Occam’s razor

Posted on July 5, 2019

Most evangelical Christians believe Biblical inerrancy forms the foundation of Christian faith.  Biblical inerrancy means that Scripture is:    (1) without error or fault in all its teaching.  (2) internally consistent and without contradiction, and (3) scientifically and historically accurate. Biblical inerrancy can be a fixed idea The dictionary defines a fixed idea as “an […]…Continue reading

Noah’s flood – What creationists believe

Posted on June 18, 2019

. . In a previous post, Creationism Chronology – Vegan Rattlesnakes And Dinosaur Dragons?, I prepared a chronology summarizing what creationists believe. I will now attempt the same thing for Noah’s flood. As with my previous post, I will not try to debunk creationist claims. Instead, I merely wish to briefly describe some interesting creationist […]…Continue reading

Ex-preachers and born-again atheists – They’re not biased because they changed sides?

Posted on February 25, 2019

        In the Christian movie, God’s Not Dead 2, a demonically evil ACLU lawyer persecutes a stalwart Christian teacher who answered a high school student’s question about Jesus. The real-life author of Cold Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace, testified on the teacher’s behalf that he used “forensic statement analysis” to determine that […]…Continue reading

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Loaded words and eyewitness testimony

Posted on February 23, 2019

A loaded word is a “word, set phrase or idiom that has strong positive or negative connotations beyond its ordinary definition.” For example, comedian and political commentator Bill Maher has called the Old Testament a book of Jewish fairy tales. Maher uses the term “fairy tales” because it has strong negative connotations. There is nothing […]…Continue reading

Simon Greenleaf – 3. Apologists don’t apologize.

Posted on January 27, 2019

Apologists often argue that the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ resurrection must be true because opponents of Christianity would have exposed any falsehoods. For example, Gary Habermas argues, “enemies in Jewish leadership” could have nipped Christianity in the bud by producing the body of Jesus.[1] John Warwick Montgomery claims testimony to Christ’s resurrection was “presented contemporaneously […]…Continue reading

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Simon Greenleaf – 2. No Perry Mason moment

Posted on January 27, 2019

A “Perry Mason moment” happens when a lawyer introduces surprising and dramatic evidence that can win the case. In the Perry Mason television series, the titular lawyer, played by Raymond Burr, won most of his cases by cross-examining the true culprits until they confessed on the witness stand. That is the ultimate Perry Mason moment […]…Continue reading

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Simon Greenleaf – 1, Debunking another apologetic fable

Posted on January 4, 2019

        Simon Greenleaf (1783 – 1853), an eminent lawyer and founding father of the Harvard Law School, helped lay the foundations for state and federal rules of evidence. He also wrote an influential work of modern legal apologetics, The Testimony of the Evangelists. Numerous apologists tell variations of an inspiring story about […]…Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Argument from Joy – I desire a more scientific argument

Posted on January 4, 2019

Homer Simpson gave Bart some fatherly advice worth remembering. “The three little sentences that will get you through life… Number one. Cover for me. Number two. Oh, good idea boss. Number three. It was like that when I got here.” In this post, I’ll use the third sentence. Although you may find this discussion about […]…Continue reading

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