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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 6952 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1178 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 943 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 929 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 940 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 859 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 862 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 819 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 937 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 760 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 673 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 680 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 773 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 742 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 631 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 834 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 611 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 717 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 710 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 789 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 680 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 910 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 910 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 661 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 669 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 830 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 659 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 707 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 653 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 649 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 629 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 615 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 687 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 734 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 720 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 693 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 680 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 841 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 675 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 854 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 374 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 478 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 468 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 448 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 798 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19


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