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The Case Against Christianity Review

07/13/2011

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 existence of Jesus to more philosophical doctrines like the incarnation, Christian ethics, and the atonement.

Although many of Martin’s historical facts and interpretations may rightly be called underdeveloped or not supported by relevant reputable sources, the points made are a reasonable introduction to modern Biblical criticism. The real strength in the book comes from Martin’s philosophical arguments, which more closely reflect his expertise. His assertions of incoherence in fundamental Christian doctrines like the incarnation and atonement leave much less room for detractors to disagree, and if even one is valid, Christianity becomes untenable.

The arguments tend to be philosophically rigorous, but one point does serve to erode Martin’s credibility. Martin makes a weak assertion early in the book that unknown laws of nature may be the cause of Jesus to have spontaneously come back from the dead, and puts this forward as a reasonable alternative to a supernatural explanation. Given the fact that nowhere in history has there ever been a confirmed case of this occurring, and also given the severe lack of biological plausibility, this possibility seems not even worth mentioning, and it unduly gives apologists ammo in claiming some sort of desperate naturalistic bias on Martin’s part.

Still, if one can get over this minor logical hiccup, this book serves as an excellent introduction to the fundamental flaws in Christian thinking. Pick this book up for its concise and accessible arguments, but be expected to meet much resistance from believers, especially on the historical and Biblical claims.

Here are some resources:

Robert Price’s review: http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/robert_price/martin.html

Apologist’s review: http://www.tektonics.org/lp/martincac2.html

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