Awhile back I wrote a post on where evil comes from, focusing particularly on demonic spiritual beings as a source of evil in our world. In that post, I ever so briefly touched on how a Western naturalistic worldview, particularly among academics, is actually not the normal human experience by which all other experiences should be judged. Quite the opposite, actually.
But, because I know some of you out there are just as eggheadish as me, I wanted to share an excerpt1 from one of my favorite books that touches on this topic. In their book, The Jesus Legend, Paul Eddy and Greg Boyd argue for the historicity of the Jesus tradition as we find it in the three synoptic Gospels. In so doing, they offer a preliminary examination of the post-Enlightenment assumption that miracles and the supernatural simply don’t (or can’t) happen. As it turns out, the overall human experience (and increasingly that of Westerners, even academics) calls this assumption into question, if not outright refutation.
If you like what you read here, I would highly recommend following the link above to Amazon and purchasing the entire book. It is, in my opinion, a formidable piece of academic work, and 454 pages of just good ol’ apologetic fun.
1: Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd, The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academics), 67-78.