Challenge: Christianity Is Absurd

This week’s challenge claims that “almost anything is more likely to be the case” than the absurdity of a man performing miracles:

When someone comes to us with an extravagant claim the most common reason we may discount the claim is because, to put it curtly, we find it absurd. The reason why the majority of people don't believe in Scientology, reincarnation, Mormonism, Greek Gods, etc. is not because they have extensively researched the historicity and veracity of the claims, it is because they don't believe such things happen in the world. In other words, common sense tells us that when someone claims the absurd almost anything is more likely to be the case (i.e. they are lying, they are delusional, they are relying on misinformation) than for the absurdity to be real. Men do not miraculously heal the sick, raise the dead, cure the blind, and rise from the grave. The claims of Christianity are prima facie absurd. The burden of proof is on them.

How would you respond to someone who said this to you? Tell us what you think in the comments below, and Brett will give you his response on Thursday.

[Update: View Brett's video response. Explore past challenges here and here.]

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Amy K. Hall

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