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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 7170 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1259 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 1020 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 1003 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 1034 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 941 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 941 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 903 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 1041 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 830 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 759 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 756 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 844 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 831 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 712 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 925 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 693 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 792 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 809 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 873 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 747 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 989 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 982 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 735 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 764 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 899 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 748 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 788 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 728 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 723 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 701 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 703 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 770 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 808 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 786 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 767 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 756 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 927 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 754 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 949 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 465 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 574 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 563 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 528 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 918 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19

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