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Top 100 Atheist Challenges

Did Jesus really claim to be God, or did His followers just say that about Him? Might not Dan Brown have been on to something?

In Mark 2:28 Jesus claims to be the “Lord of the Sabbath.” At the very least, “Lord” in this context has to mean “master”, or “sovereign”, or “King”, if you will. Jesus was therefore claiming to be the King over the day on which God rested. If that is NOT a claim to be God, I’m not sure what is...


It should be called Paulianity – for centuries Christians have presented the ideas of Paul as the teachings of Jesus, and that’s a mistake. It was all Paul’s INTERPRETATION. Check the data.

No, it is not.  What Paul does is systematize the life and teachings of Jesus, drawing out their implications at various points and applying them to controversies as they arose within the Church from time to time (somewhat similar to what Systematic Theology texts try to do in their...


Jesus is a borrowed myth dressed up like a Jew. He never existed, period. There is zero SUFFICIENT evidence that Jesus ever existed? Zero. It’s all a terrible hoax for the church to control the masses.

It is true that there are no extra-biblical references to Jesus contemporaneous with his life. But what is being assumed without argument is that a criterion such as this is in fact a good one. Even Jeffrey Lowder, founder and past President of infidels.org, admits that it is not (see his artice...


What’s so special about Jesus, anyway? Aren’t we ALL God’s children?!

This objection turns on an equivocation in the use of the word “children.” In one sense, of course, God can be properly called the father of all, given that he is responsible for the being of everything other than Himself. But that is not the sense in which Jesus is referred to as a “son.” A...


It’s irrational to believe that people rise from the dead. Even if it is possible, shouldn’t it always be judged improbable since it has happened so few times…even according to Christians?

So long as one grants that the concept of God is not contradictory, one should be willing to grant that a resurrection is possible (because if it is possible that God exists, then it is possible that God exists and raises someone from the dead). While it is true that resurrections are necessarily...


How could Jesus have been GENUINELY tempted if He could not sin?!

In order to this question, one must first ask what it means for a particular individual to be tempted to do X. Given ordinary usage, it seems that one is tempted to do X when they are confronted with significant desires to do X. If this is correct, then it seems that Jesus could be tempted simply...


Aren’t naturalistic explanations for the resurrection stories more probable than the resurrection itself, since they appeal only to elements common to our experience, whereas the resurrection must appeal to God?

The question assumes that appealing to elements of which we do not have direct experience always serves to lower the probability of a particular hypothesis. This is false; for example, by their very nature, cosmological singularities are beyond our experience, and yet it is just such a singularity...


Christianity is for pagan cannibals and is thus, FALSE. Why else did Jesus say we must eat his flesh and drink his blood in order to have life (John 6:53-54)?

Whatever one takes this to mean, it is clear enough that literal flesh and blood are not in view, otherwise the Jerusalem council would not have advised the believers there to “abstain from blood” (Acts 15:28-29). It is worth noting that not even Roman Catholics interpret the surrounding context...


How exactly does the death of Jesus secure salvation for anyone when the deaths of countless others matter not a bit in this regard?

What distinguishes the death of Jesus is that (if Christianity is true) it was the voluntary death of a sinless man. Since physical death is a consequence of sin, the death of Jesus would have been undeserved (and therefore its allowance would have been immoral) unless he received adequate...