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Vanya, thank you for the references and brief lesson. As always, the debate of Christianity's validity is an infinite one. It can go on ad infinitum cloaked in the "believing" vs "knowing" diatribe. Addressing this contest of wills between the pious and realist is the point that "believing" is fueled by an emotional imagination and can be quite insurmountable for some to dismiss and concede to reality. The "knowing" faces an uphill battle when "tainted" interpretation comes into question in the debate. It is a part of human nature to cling to the security of something out of fear. What I find most dominant in the believers are patterns of fear. The very instrument of any religion has been fear tethered to a control mechanism, i.e.; the Crusades, Inquisition, the Dark Ages.

Aside from this historical theme, has been the observation that in the US, the States with the highest illiteracy rate rank also the highest in those that practice Christianity. This point is hard to get around. And the resilience of piety nests in this observation. And in my opinion, piety finds it's strength in numbers as well as emotional behavior driven by fear. Personal accountability is mostly absent in the Christian life, "it is God's Will", or that they weren't even accountable for their owns sins and, that by their own admission, a projected Savior had to do that for them as well.

If Christianity were on trial in a court room, it's case would be very weak. The Bible as their keystone is a text of astrology and mysticism bathed in ambiguity and easily interpreted to fit the their means at any given moment, for any common defense. The historical Jesus is awash in this system and bound to drowned by sheer weight of facts.

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The Historical Jesus 6853 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1134 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 904 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 889 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 897 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 819 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 825 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 781 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 889 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 727 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 644 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 644 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 737 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 707 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 597 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 792 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 576 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 676 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 674 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 759 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 648 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 870 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 878 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 626 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 628 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 797 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 628 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 667 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 624 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 619 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 601 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 587 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 649 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 704 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 689 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 661 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 649 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 800 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 627 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 813 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 335 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 441 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 432 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 411 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 737 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19

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