BigJohn wrote:No, I was not making an argument. Sorry if that was the impression I gave everybody. I was simply stating a position, I was not supporting them in any way, except in as much as some of them interrelated. For example, "The Bible is the Holy Book because people say it is" and "Christ rose from the dead because it said so in the Bible". Those are obviously connected. I did not offer evidence or logical proofs. I asserted things. That is very different from an argument.
BJ, you need to understand that assertions of fact (as yours were), especially in the logical form 'X because Y' (as yours were), are exactly what you claim they are not. This is a simple matter of language. When you say 'X because of Y', you are asserting a logical relationship between X and Y, such that X is the result of Y; you are claiming that Y is the cause of X. No one said you were offering any evidence or logical proofs; I have no idea why you keep saying 'I did not offer evidence or logical proofs'.
BigJohn wrote:I was asking you to make a clear statement about how falsifiability relates to your argument, if you even have one, buried in all your references.
I gave it to you, twice. It then appeared that you didn't know what 'falsifiability' means, so I gave you a link to it. It then turned out that you 'don't do links', so I explained what falsifiability is. Are you now asking me to repeat my previous explanations of how falsifiability relates to my argument, or are you saying that you still don't know what 'falsifiability' means?
Can't you make a clear, simple statement, without always referring to something or someone or somewhere else?
I already have, several times.
How do you know that?
We have already been through this.
BigJohn wrote:No, but if an atheist saw a bright light descend from heaven and breathe life into the corpse of Jesus Christ, then he would at least take the supernatural theory more seriously.
Or assume he was hallucinating, which would be a more likely explanation, would it not?
BigJohn wrote:If it's a bunch of hearsay and heavily edited books from millennia ago, promoted by a clergy that has proven itself venal and brutal on many occasions, then they would be quite right to look for alternative explanations to a miracle.
Yes, I quite understand. I would feel the same way.