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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 6782 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1103 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 873 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 854 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 866 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 784 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 794 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 750 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 849 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 695 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 614 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 614 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 703 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 672 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 558 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 754 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 545 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 643 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 636 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 732 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 623 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 842 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 851 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 592 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 594 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 772 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 599 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 632 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 598 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 587 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 571 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 558 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 621 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 672 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 661 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 634 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 623 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 764 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 597 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 784 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 305 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 411 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 403 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 378 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 697 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19


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