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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 6956 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1181 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 946 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 932 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 943 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 862 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 866 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 822 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 940 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 763 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 676 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 683 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 776 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 745 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 634 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 838 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 614 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 720 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 713 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 792 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 683 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 913 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 913 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 664 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 672 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 833 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 662 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 711 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 656 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 652 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 632 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 619 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 690 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 737 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 723 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 696 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 683 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 845 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 679 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 857 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 377 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 481 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 471 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 451 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 800 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19

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