(logical fallacies 101)
I wasted another 8 minutes of my life watching that. Random notes typed while watching:
I. Argument from Silence from the Epistle of James
A. Argument from what isn't in the book of James is inductive, inferring what is claimed proven. No mention of the blood of Jesus, blah blah blah.
B. Where does the epistle of James say its purpose is to present a systematic theology summarizing every facet of Christian belief?
C. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
II. Argument from Silence from the Didache
A. Another argument from silence. No mention of the virgin birth, etc.
B. The Didache is not especially controversial for us as the video presents; neither is a chain of really bad arguments.
III. Claim that that for 2000 years Jesus's divinity has been emphasized while his essential humanity and the humanity of his teachings
have been lost for 2000 years.
A. A duffer's error. One must first understand a position to critique it with minimal adequacy.
IV. Claim that Christ's family did not believe he was God, and that there was an effort to delete them from the Christian story.
A. Merely asserted, and quite indemonstrable.
V. Jude denounces a group for corrupting the faith. Follow the tradition of the family.
A. Nothing much here.
B. The family of Jesus was a part of the community which contextualizes the earliest material e.g. the primitive speeches in Acts, which
translate easily into Aramaic, which go back to the period before Jerusalem was wiped off the map in AD 70, etc.
Conserving presence of living eyewitnesses.
VI. Under Constantine it was Paul's interpretation that was adopted, but this was based only on a mystical vision. By contrast, James's
vision of Christ as a mere human character was declared heresy.
A. "James's vision" or the videographer's inferential metanarrative.
B. Assume and assert what one claims to set out to prove -with negative evidence and inference.
C. Fails to address Paul's visit to the "pillars" in Galatians (first hand autobiographical source) including James and John, which most
contemporary scholars place very soon after the crucifixion; coordination with Jerusalem leaders in Acts 15 under James presiding, etc.
VII. The Quran is therefore true. Q. E. D.