(The first part of which can be found here, the second part should be posted this coming Saturday.) How else to explain his multiple posts since then, first complaining that he didn’t get enough time, then attacking Randal Rauser (of all people), and then a series of three posts critiquing my book?
Well, great, after all these years, and many posts on both sides, John finally gets around to actually trying to rebut some of my arguments -- sort of.
So let’s take a look at his first post, and what he claims I get wrong.
Predictable Preliminary Trash-Talking
I've decided to write more than just one post about Dr. David Marshall's “rebuttal” to my book The Outsider Test for Faith (OTF).
Call me David, please.
But How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story is not a “rebuttal” to John Loftus. With due respect to John’s considerable ego, it is about much bigger topics: the work of God in the world, the role of Jesus in uplifting humanity, the story of the human race from the Christian point of view, an answer to the question, “How do religions relate to one another?”
John is a convenient jumping-off point, not the destination.
I will attempt to show why Marshall's book, How Jesus Passes the Outsider Test: The Inside Story,is really bad. In fact, it's so bad I'm using the word "refutation" for what I'm about to do to it. I hardly ever use that word because refutations are usually unachievable in these kinds of debates.
Go for it!
If I'm largely successful then it also says something about Dr. Randal Rauser, that he will say and endorse anything in order to defend his Christian faith.
I don’t believe that for a moment. Actually, read his blog, and you find that Randal is pretty choosy about what Christian artifacts he will endorse. It follows, then, that Loftus will probably NOT be successful, or he’s wrong about the logic.
“No educated intellectual worthy the name would have written Marshall's book. No educated intellectual should think it's worthy of any kind of a blurb either.”
This is disproved by the fact that I am an educated intellectual, and I did write the book. And not just Randal Rauser, but Win Corduan (Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University), Miriam Adeney (an anthropologist who teaches at Seattle Pacific University), Ivan Satyavrata (an Indian theologian), Don Richardson, Nick Peters, and Brad Cooper, all of whom can only be described as “educated intellectuals,” in some cases much more so than John, have also thought the book worthy of a blurb -- indeed, in most cases of high praise indeed.
But let’s skip the naval-gazing trash-talking of the wrong person, and get to the substance of John’s critique.