Sunday, May 17, 2020

Extraordinary Claims DO Require Extraordinary Evidence

If I were to tell you that there is a Nissan Altima in my garage, would you question it? If I told you that there is an invisible, fire-spewing dragon in my garage, would you question it?
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It is always interesting when I run across an apologist who attempts to refute the commonly-accepted phrase, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." The latest I have seen is this one from noted Christian apologist/philosopher William Lane Craig:
  • Highly improbable events do not require extraordinary evidence in order to believe in them.
  • We would be prevented in believing in many ordinary but highly improbable events.
  • The lottery pick that hits the jackpot is one example.
Craig is conflating improbable events (unlikely to occur but we know they do occur) with extraordinary events (beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established). ALL claims for the supernatural, let alone Christianity, are certainly extraordinary and not just improbable.

The fact that Craig uses this apologetic in an attempt to dismiss the phrase is, to me, an example of the extraordinary obfuscation of Christian apologetics.

This link provides the truth about the phrase.


  1. Have you read my chapter on this issue in "The Case against Miracles"? I think you'll like it.

  2. John, sorry for taking so long to reply. I was not notified of comments on my blog since I changed my settings for comments to "Moderate". I haven't read your book, but I read what you said about it awhile ago, I believe, on Debunking Christianity.



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