Empiricism: The Falsifiability of Christianity

The validity of Christianity lies within the realm of rational inquiry

Many religious claims are not verifiable or falsifiable

  • Claim: Religious Figure X received a divine revelation

  • On what basis would you confirm or deny that claim?

Christianity makes a claim about an empirical fact: Jesus Christ died and then was raised from the dead

  • "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."
    --1 Corinthians 15:14

  • This is a claim that is in principle falsifiable.

  • If we do not rule it out by assumption ("Supernatural events do not occur, so Jesus could not have risen from the dead"), then we can apply the usual methods of ascertaining whether an event really happened.


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