- Κέλσος is a blog that discusses secular approaches to topics of science, philosophy, and history, especially on issues that overlap with religious apologetics. In recent decades, several religious apologists have attempted to use academic arguments to justify or prove their religion in higher education. For example, many Christian apologists argue that “cosmological evidence” can be used to prove the existence of God, or that “historical evidence” can be used to prove the resurrection of Jesus.
- Despite these bold claims, however, the majority of scholars in secular academia tend to have very different views, and there are many experts on the same issues that apologists raise who do not interpret them as pointing to the truth of theism or any particular religious tradition. When apologetic arguments are presented to general audiences, however, many are not aware of these secular scholars. Κέλσος is thus an online resource designed to introduce open-minded believers, agnostics, and skeptics alike to the views and arguments of secular scholars. The goal of this blog is not primarily to attack religion itself, but instead to provide alternative views to apologetic arguments, especially when they are used aggressively to target non-believers.
- I also write about other areas of my academic research in Classics, Mediterranean history, Greco-Roman religion, and ancient literature, when it is of related interest to this blog.
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"Alter (Michael J.) - 'Follow the Money': Faith-Based Education and Publishing"
Source: Κέλσος - Matthew Ferguson Blogs
- Below is a guest blog by Michael Alter, author of "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry", which is a 912 page tome offering one of the most important contributions to challenging historical apologetics for the resurrection. During his research, Alter learned a great deal about the vast amount of resources that are invested in Christian apologetics – spanning universities, organizations, and publishers – which eclipse the scattered authors and handful of organizations that engage in counter-apologetics. In this post, Alter provides a researched summary that offers just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg for how much money and resources are invested in Christian apologetics.
- I’ve been talking about problems with how faith-based universities distort critical biblical scholarship for years now, due to doctrinal statements that their faculty are required to sign, which force them to adhere to predetermined conclusions that are friendly to Christian dogma. As someone who works in Classical Studies, researching ancient texts from the same historical period, written in the same ancient languages, and using the same historical methodology, I am not aware of any Classics department or university that requires professors to sign doctrinal statements asking them to affirm tenets of Pagan theology or Greco-Roman religion. The fact that the Christian religion is treated in an abnormal manner in this regard is very disturbing, therefore, and a bad sign for the health of higher education.
- As a note, while the essay below discusses faith-based universities with doctrinal statements, not all institutions of higher education that have a Christian affiliation fall into this category. While the University of Notre Dame has a Catholic affiliation, for example, the school still fosters a secular research environment and its religious affiliation is more traditional. While I do not think that a religious affiliation is beneficial for the structure of any university (even if it can be relatively innocuous), it should not be assumed that a loose religious affiliation based on a school’s history implies that it belongs to the apologetic-type campuses discussed below.
"Ferguson (Matthew) - Bart Ehrman and Jodi Magness on the Burial of Jesus and the Empty Tomb"
Source: Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος, 20 January 2018
"Ferguson (Matthew) - Numismatic Evidence that Corroborates Suetonius’ Life of Otho and Contradicts the Gospels"
Source: Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος, 12 January 2018
"Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος"
Source: Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος
"Ferguson (Matthew) & Luke (Trevor) - Dialogue with Classicist Trevor Luke on Roman Imperial Ideology and the Miracles of Jesus"
Source: Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος, 17 December 2017
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