The Ultimate Truth-Seeker Challenge
Back in 2010, Luke Muelhauser of the now closed commonsenseatheism set up a challenge for Christians and atheists called the Ultimate Truth-Seeker Challenge. This challenge, like John Loftus’s Debunking Christianity challenge, invites people to attempt a rational and careful consideration of their beliefs, by having them read a list of books written by skeptics and Christians alike. I’ve been interested in Loftus’s challenge for a long time, but it’s aimed solely at Christians and thus lists only skeptical works. Luke Muelhauser’s challenge is less one-sided, and as I want to give each side a fair chance to convince me (after a few years of following skeptical blogs and works), I wish to take up the challenge.
Unfortunately, the Ultimate Truth-Seeker Challenge is quite difficult, requiring an advanced knowledge of philosophy and involves reading about 10,000 pages of material. Hence, the easy and more manageable version of the challenge.
I intend to go through the books recommended by the easy version:
- Bart Ehrman – Jesus, Interrupted
- C. Stephen Layman – Letters to a Doubting Thomas
- Guy P. Harrison – 50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God
- Paul Copan, William Lane Craig & others – Contending with Christianity’s Critics
- John Loftus & others – The Christian Delusion
- William Lane Craig – Reasonable Faith
- Richard Swinburne – Is There a God?
- Richard Carrier – Sense and Goodness Without God
This leaves me with a digestible 2600 pages. I’m not likely to follow this particular order, given that I’ve already acquired some of these books, but I will be posting a short review whenever I finish one of them. Along the way, expect me to post questions I have, things I find interesting or relevant, and the like.
I also want to learn more about the history of Christianity and biblical scholarship in general, so I’ll probably do a bit of side-reading while working my way through these.