Christianity demands an irrational leap of faith.
This article by Martin Weber appeared in the adventist review March 1st 2015
"It’s difficult for anyone who experiences Jesus every day to understand how people can forsake their faith. But when we evaluate Jesus from the limited perspective of pure logic, Christianity demands an irrational leap of faith. Specifically, we must believe that the life and death of this homeless Hebrew carpenter gives meaning for life 2,000 years later in the 21st century — plus saving our souls for eternity. This presents a seemingly insurmountable challenge in our increasingly skeptical world" ( emphasis mine).
Martin wisely gets that "Christianity demands an irrational leap of faith " but foolishly - takes that leap. A hint of Kierkegaard style insight there but then Martin ( as did Kierkegaard) leaps blindly anyway. The famous "leap of faith" is framed as a Paschallian wager / gambit error. IE that there is only one leap - towards a particular hypothesized god in a particular way etc.
“Here’s what: You say you were born in 1970. … That would be A.D. 1970. And A.D. is the Latin abbreviation for ‘year of our Lord,’ as you know. So there we have it. You just defined your own origins in relation to the year of our Lord — Jesus Christ!”
“That’s cute — and clever too, I’ll admit,” Ron said. “But it means nothing because enlightened scholars don’t go by A.D. or B.C. anymore. That’s just medieval religious chronology. I was born in 1970 C.E., which means ‘common era.’”
Paul grinned, undeterred. “Fair enough, but tell me how your so-called ‘common era’ got started. Something pretty important must have happened to divide the history of the world into two parts, before and after. So what in the world was that time-splitting event?”
While dismissing logic in regard to faith, Martin then proceeds to use appallingly bad logic. Essentially reduces to - this year is 2015 AD therefore Jesus. He seems blissfully unaware of that this dating system was devised in 525 "AD" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini) and furthermore unaware that there have been , and still are , other calendar systems. eg 13 Jamadil Awal 1436 AH in Saudi Arabia at time of this post.
Apologetic tactic 101. Circular logic etc
Here are some other calendars:
Astronomical year numbering
Bahá'í (Badí) calendar
Fiscal year varies with different countries. Used in accounting only.
Germanic calendar (still in use by Ásatrúar)
Gregorian calendar used by most countries in the world today.
Ibibio calendar used by the Ibibio people
Igbo calendar used by the Igbo people.
Indian national calendar
ISO week date
Japanese calendar (Gregorian months)
Juche era calendar used by North Korea
Maya calendar (parts still used by Maya)
Minguo calendar used by Republic of China/Taiwan.
Revised Julian calendar
Runic calendar (still in use by Ásatrúar)
Thai lunar calendar
Thai solar calendar
Zoroastrian calendar (including Parsi)
Xhosa calendar (in use in South Africa)
Yoruba calendar (in use in Nigeria)
French Republican Calendar
Old Icelandic calendar
Ancient Macedonian calendar
Rapa Nui calendar
Soviet calendar (Gregorian calendar with 5- and 6-day weeks)
Swedish calendar (used 1700–1844)
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_calendars