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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 7027 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1211 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 977 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 960 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 974 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 889 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 895 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 847 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 978 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 788 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 701 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 708 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 802 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 773 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 664 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 866 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 644 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 748 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 742 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 817 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 709 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 942 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 940 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 688 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 700 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 856 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 690 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 741 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 679 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 680 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 660 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 646 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 713 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 762 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 745 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 720 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 709 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 877 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 705 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 886 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 404 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 510 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 500 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 482 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 845 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19

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