Bob's blog – A skeptical lawyer

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

Posted in Apologetics

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

Posted in Apologetics

Recipe – Bob’s high-protein chocolate cheesecake

Posted on January 4, 2019

I enjoy individual servings of this cheesecake for breakfast. They freeze well, and you can thaw them by leaving in the refrigerator overnight. This recipe is very flexible and forgiving. You can make it with or without the cottage cheese and/or yogurt or use sour cream instead of yogurt. I sometimes dissolve the gelatin in […]…Continue reading

Posted in Miscellany

God’s Not Dead 2, Ripped from the headlines?

Posted on January 3, 2019

The credits for God’s Not Dead 2 begin with a statement that the movie “was inspired by the following legal cases where Americans were condemned for their faith.” A list of twenty-four cases follows, but the letters are difficult to read even on a large screen television. The film’s press materials claim: GOD’S NOT DEAD […]…Continue reading

C.S. Lewis – Is this guy the best you got?

Posted on January 2, 2019

A.N. Wilson, one of C.S. Lewis’ many biographers, wrote that Lewis has become “something very like a saint in the minds of conservative-minded believers.” Many Christians, including Watergate conspirator Charles Colson, say Lewis’ Mere Christianity changed their lives. According to apologist Norman Geisler: Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is arguably the most influential twentieth century Christian theist […]…Continue reading

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False dilemma – Lewis’ trilemma and other failures of imagination

Posted on January 1, 2019

A false dilemma is a logical fallacy in which something is presented as an either/or situation when more than two alternatives exist. If your boss tells you, “My way or the highway,” that’s a dilemma, but is it a real dilemma or a false dilemma? Your boss intends to impose a real dilemma by giving […]…Continue reading