Evan is a member of the Debunking Christianity staff. He recently wrote a post in another thread here that made many unsupported and erroneous assertions about early Christianity. After Evan wrote such a disreputable post, John Loftus commented:
"Good luck trying to reason with these hyenas, Evan. I've tried with no success. But there was a Christian who used to listen in and comment not too awful long ago who recently told me he/she is now an atheist, in part because of exapologist and me. So maybe it's worth the effort here after all."
Here are some examples of Evan's "effort":
"Even in the late first century Minucius Felix says that Christians are called such because they are anointed (the meaning of the word Christ) and does not mention that they are followers of a man named Jesus of Nazareth at all."
"How about what Celsus said, he was a Christian"
Minucius Felix wrote in the late first century? Celsus was a Christian?
Meanwhile, at the Debunking Christianity thread I linked to earlier, Jon Curry writes:
"And it's certainly not about hoping that apologists such as Jason will change their opinions. We've seen the apologist deny the mountain of evidence for evolution, deny that Jesus prophesied an imminent second coming, deny that the accounts in Scripture of Judas' death contradict one another, and deny many other clear falsifications for their views. We have no illusions that this tablet would matter."
Jon was banned from this blog last year for his irresponsible behavior. But anybody interested can consult our archives for discussions of issues like the ones Jon mentions, including discussions Jon left without addressing many of our arguments.
In the same thread, DingoDave writes:
"It strikes me as being incredibly ironic when people who claim to believe that, 'Donkeys can talk, And people can fly, And a man named Jesus Lives up in the sky' accuse atheists and skeptics of engaging in wishful thinking."
Of course, a claim like "donkeys can talk" (note the plural) is obviously false only if Christians were claiming that donkeys speak human language by means of a natural ability to do so. That's not what Christians claim. The belief that one donkey was made to speak on one occasion by supernatural means, an act that's portrayed as unusual by the Biblical documents themselves, isn't equivalent to a claim that donkeys in general have a natural ability to speak.
Or is DingoDave assuming naturalism without argument, then concluding that nothing he considers supernatural can occur? Why, then, should we accept his unsupported assumption? And why did he use the plural "donkeys"?
It seems that DingoDave comes from the same brand of skepticism that leads people to conclude that Minucius Felix wrote in the first century and that Celsus was a Christian.
"I noticed that one of the contributers to his blog is the calvinist nutjob Paul Manata. That just about says it all to me about Jason's credibility (or lack of it)."
Aside from the fact that he doesn't support his (mis)characterization of Paul Manata with any argumentation, what are we to make of a blog whose contributors write the sort of material we see from, say, John Loftus and Evan?
Exapologist, in the same thread, refers to belief in a resurrection of John the Baptist at the time of Jesus' earthly ministry (Matthew 14:2). We have to distinguish between a resurrection as defined in the case of Jesus and the term as it's commonly applied to other concepts (resuscitation, etc.). Since Jesus presumably looked significantly different than John the Baptist physically, and since their two lives overlapped, Herod clearly isn't referring to any traditional notion of resurrection. Apparently, he had some sort of mixed concept in mind that he hadn't given much thought (other incidents also reflect poorly on his theological abilities). I see nothing in the account that would suggest a belief in a resurrected individual along the lines of what Christians believe about Jesus. Terms like "resurrected" and "raised" are often applied to other concepts.