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The Case Against Christianity

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In this systematic philosophical critique of the major tenets of Christianity, Michael Martin examines the semantic and epistemological bases of religious claims and beliefs. Beginning with a comparison and evaluation of the Apostles’ Creed, the Niceno-Chalcedonian Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, Martin discusses the principal theological, historical, and eschatological a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 29th 1993 by Temple University Press (first published December 31st 1991)
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Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Michael Martin is at pains to demonstrate that there are no warrants, no justified reasons or coherent rationality, for holding to or affirming the beliefs of Christianity. All the way through his survey of the principle doctrines of Christianity (virgin birth, incarnation, miracles, resurrection, second coming, etc.), he seeks to demonstrate that there is no credible evidence for any of it, and therefore, at best, the belief structure of the religion is incoherent and conceptually problematic.

Caleb Ontiveros
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember thinking this book was both dated, fairly reasonable and very lucid, but not especially insightful.
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book I think everyone should read. Believer or not, if you have doubts or are pretty confident in non-belief. It's good for information if you're unfamiliar with the historical details (or lack thereof) about Jesus, if he even existed. Martin sheds light on why things like the resurrection, virgin birth & divinity of Jesus are doubtful, are not unique concepts/myths & the problems they pose for the various things believed about him as well as a supposed all good, all knowing, a ...more
Doutor Branco
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lidos-em-2015
I am rather impressed by the author disbelief in the fundamental points of Christology. The writers make some assumptions based merely on logic and disregarding fundamental points of the Christian faith. In that respect are several hermeneutics and exegetical faults in his writing until this point, but I would highlight just a couple. He is mistaken and mislead by his version of the virgin birth of Christ, the text is very clear in this regard and undeniable: Mary declared that she was virgin (L ...more
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: atheism, philosophy
Why three stars...
Dr. Martin is a superb philosopher in my view. But being a superb philosopher is not the same as being a great writer, and rightly so. Good philosophy usually cannot rely upon wonderful artistry and imaginative prose because of the nature of doing good philosophy. Martin makes solid arguments, using simple logic and dialectic. It works well, but it is a difficult read. Do the work that it takes to understand what is being argued and the payoff is great. But, don't do the work a
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a book of philosophy. It discusses the logic of ideas rather than the actual tangible evidence for things. the author has some very interesting insights, but its hard to get through at times. It requires a lot of thought and careful reading to get the full benefit. I found myself looking up different philosophers online to fully understand what the author was saying,so I could compare the philosopher's actual words with the author's responses, and had to read some parts over again. It wa ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a philosopher, and I don't read much philosophy. Usually I read more popular-type books about atheism. I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this book, but found it difficult when the author refers to other people's arguments without explaining them. This is obviously very common practice in writings meant for a professional audience (and students), but it makes it difficult for regular readers to follow, and since I bought this at Borders, I wasn't expecting it.

Still, I enjoyed it
Dec 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
While trying to fill a rarely explored niche in philosophy, there is too much pedantic, overly subtle, and somewhat boring technical analysis in this book to make it a very readable text, even for philosophers. Nevertheless, there are some very interesting ideas (say, for instance, the idea the Jesus never actually existed) that are presented and defended in the book, and the authors heart is obviously in the right place.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Better than anything by the New Atheists, for its views pro and con from Russell to Kierkegaard, Aquinas and Augustine. "Is Christianity ethical? Did Jesus exist? Incarnation? Birth canal a one-way-street? Problem of evil?" Fair, down-to-the-bones academic philosophy of religion. Truly dismantles Christianity, but not in a polemical way. Does not "insist upon itself." Does not propose further answers.
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