UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus

UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus

By Chris Hallquist
Book Description

At the dawn of the 21st century, interest in the origins of Christianity is as strong as ever. However, discussion tends to be dominated by Evangelicals who assume that the Bible is a historically accurate record, and those who would turn Jesus into a New Age guru. There is also a frequent insistence that the questions surrounding the origins of Christianity are beyond rational analysis. In UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God, Chris Hallquist examines what investigations of similar upstart cults have revealed, and then applies these revelations to the origins of the world's largest religion.

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Table of Contents
  • Preface to the Ebook Edition
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1
  • A Brief History of [de]Bunk[ing]
  • The Earliest Years
  • Spiritualism
  • Recent Years
  • Some Conclusions
  • Chapter 2
  • Common Fallacies
  • Disconfirmation and Rationalization
  • Extraordinary Claims
  • Chapter 3
  • What’s the Evidence?
  • Obviously?
  • The One Eyewitness
  • Further Reflections
  • Chapter 4
  • The Pace of Legendary Development
  • How Fast do Legends Form?
  • How do Legends Form?
  • Would Legends be Debunked?
  • What if Legends Were Debunked?
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5
  • Miracles During Jesus' Life
  • Was Jesus a Magician?
  • Faith Healing
  • Fallacies of Healing
  • The Healings of Jesus
  • Jesus the Exorcist
  • The Nature Miracles
  • The Big Picture
  • Chapter 6
  • Appearances of Jesus
  • The Nature of the Appearances
  • Abducted
  • Mature, Rational Adults
  • Considering Objections
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7
  • The Empty Tomb
  • Arguments from Authority
  • Argument from Paul
  • Argument from Jewish Polemic
  • The Testimony of the Women
  • Considering the Alternative
  • Chapter 8
  • The Shroud of Turin
  • The Provenance of the Shroud
  • Scientific Dating: pre-1988
  • The Image on the Shroud
  • The 1988 Carbon Dating and Beyond
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9
  • Jesus, the Jewish Messiah?
  • Really so Different?
  • Geisler’s Top Three
  • Chapter 10
  • The World of Apologetics
  • How Important is Apologetics?
  • Apologetics and Conversions
  • Frauds
  • Apologetics, Evangelicalism, and Eternal Damnation
  • Avoiding Bunk
  • Bibliography
  • Preface notes
  • Introduction Notes
  • Chapter 1 Notes
  • Chapter 2 Notes
  • Chapter 3 Notes
  • Chapter 4 Notes
  • Chapter 5 Notes
  • Chapter 6 Notes
  • Chapter 7 Notes
  • Chapter 8 Notes
  • Chapter 9 Notes
  • Chapter 10 Notes
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