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Roger,

Thank you for your posts and analysis, and in many ways I agree with your general impressions of the Christian Religions. They are clearly founded on fragmented scraps of factual information--disputed and reinterpreted in every which way. The theology of Christianity from the get-go involved the construction of an elaborate mythical Jesus Christ that was integrated with earlier, and in some cases very ancient Religious myths that had been previous very different foundations for spiritual faith. This broader construction was then further adapted into a theological instrument suitable for political control through organized Religion. This theology continues to be reinterpreted and reapplied as societies throughout the world continue to change, leading to a greatly fragmented modern world Christianity.

Albert Schweitzer, with doctorates in history, theology, and medicine, searched for ways to reconcile the historical Jesus with an updated theology that would at least reconcile the various flavors of European Christian Theology. You might be interested in reading through his scholarly effort: [www.earlychristianwritings.com]

Where you and I diverge the most is in explaining the persistence and expansion of an evolving Christianity. You attribute it to fear; I attribute it to a spiritual need. In my view, all of us are born with a sort of spiritual searching mechanism turned on--sort of like Pi: [www.youtube.com] Like Pi, I found myself searching for a way to God--not really to "know" God, but to at least feel a sense of communication. Expressing that way keeps changing. John Bunyon expressed it hundreds of years ago in Pilgrim's progress, but most Christians these days would regard it as overly simplistic: [www.youtube.com] Unlike Pi, or Bunyon, I found the spiritual link in music. Like Pi, I find spiritual contact to be mystical, so I would consider the way of Christ to be mystery based, not fear based. We're afraid when we've failed to connect. That sensor keeps blinking.

Ray

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The Historical Jesus 7002 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1202 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 967 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
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Re: The Historical Jesus 966 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 882 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 888 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 839 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 964 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 780 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 694 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 701 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 795 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 767 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 655 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 859 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 639 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 740 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 734 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 811 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 702 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 936 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 933 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 682 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 690 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 850 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 681 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 735 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 673 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 670 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 652 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 637 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 706 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 756 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 739 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 714 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 702 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 867 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 696 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 877 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 395 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 501 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 490 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 473 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 830 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19


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