Repost from Justin Taylor:
Michael Patton, author of Now That I’m a Christian: What It Means to Follow Jesus, writes:
The believer in the Islamic faith has to trust in a private encounter Muhammad had, and this encounter is unable to be tested historically.
We have no way to truly investigate the claims of Joseph Smith (and when we do, they are found wanting).
Buddhism and Hinduism are not historic faiths, meaning they don’t have central claims of events in time and space which believers are called upon to investigate. You either adopt their philosophy or you don’t. There is no objective way to test them.
Run through every religion that you know of and you will find this to be the case: Either it does not give historic details to the central event, the event does not carry any worldview-changing significance, or there are no historic events which form the foundation of the faith.
This is what it looks like:
Read the whole thing here.