Bob's blog – A skeptical lawyer

Did Jesus exist? – Yes, and so did Mohammed.

Posted on June 8, 2018

Scientologists believe that L. Ron Hubbard did not die like other mortal men. Instead, he remained healthy and fit until he voluntarily chose to leave his body and continue his existence as a non-corporeal spirit. I discuss Hubbard’s death in my post, L. Ron Hubbard – A new level of OT. Or, is it BS? […]…Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics

1622 – Hugo Grotius, On the Truth of the Christian Religion

Posted on May 21, 2018

Hugo Grotius was born in Holland in 1583. A child prodigy, he was admitted to Leiden University when he was eleven years old. Sectarian disputes divided seventeenth-century Holland and, in 1618, Calvinist Prince Maurice of Nassau imprisoned Grotius for his Arminian sympathies. However, the conditions of his confinement in Loevestein Castle were not onerous. Grotius’ […]…Continue reading

Posted in Legal Apologetics

Should you read The Resurrection Briefs?

Posted on May 16, 2018

You cannot yet read The Resurrection Briefs because I have not finished it. I have not even found the right opposing counsel to write the opposing brief – see my previous post, Finding the best opposing counsel – Who’s the biggest guy? Nonetheless, I am reasonably confident the book will be published, and everyone who […]…Continue reading

Argumentum ad verecundiam – fancy Latin name for trusting experts

Posted on May 12, 2018

“I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” Actor Chris Robinson – who portrayed Dr. Rick Webber on the daytime drama General Hospital – touted Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup, and the commercial actually sold a lot of syrup. In fact, the advertisement was so effective that Vicks remade it with another TV […]…Continue reading

Lee Strobel – Former atheist and fake newsman?

Posted on April 22, 2018

Lee Strobel’s website describes him as follows: “Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune.” These are the twin pillars of Strobel’s marketing: he was an atheist and a journalist. This background supposedly equips Strobel to ask “the questions a tough-minded skeptic would ask.” Strobel supposedly “probes with bulldog-like tenacity the […]…Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics

Definitions

Posted on April 22, 2018

      ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be […]…Continue reading

Finding the best opposing counsel – Who’s the biggest guy?

Posted on February 21, 2018

In an earlier post, Why am I writing about legal apologetics?, I explained my determination to engage in a real debate in which both sides are represented by competent counsel. I need someone to argue the apologists’ side of the issue. But who? A whole gang of lawyers, including John Warwick Montgomery, Ross Clifford, Pamela […]…Continue reading

2009 – William P. Broughton, The Historical Development of Legal Apologetics

Posted on February 21, 2018

To the best of my knowledge, this slim volume is the only book ever written on the history of legal apologetics. William P. Broughton, a retired minister (now deceased), published the book in 2009 through Xulon Press – a print-on-demand press for self-publishing Christian books. The book summary on the Xulon website makes the subject […]…Continue reading

Posted in Legal Apologetics

L. Ron Hubbard’s death – A new level of OT. Or, is it BS?

Posted on February 19, 2018

For deeper understanding of Scientology, I recommend reading Going Clear; Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, Lawrence Wright. I will touch on a few facts related to the death of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Scientologists believe that everyone has a “reactive mind” and an “analytical mind.” The […]…Continue reading

Posted in Supernatural Cases

What good are these supernatural cases?

Posted on February 19, 2018

  I hope these supernatural cases are interesting for their own sake, but how are they relevant to counter-apologetics? Κέλσος has written a sophisticated and scholarly article about Understanding the Value of Biblical Parallels. I recommend the article, but I am not a biblical scholar. My analysis is admittedly simplistic, but I consider these supernatural […]…Continue reading

Posted in Supernatural Cases