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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 7312 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
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Re: The Historical Jesus 1063 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
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Re: The Historical Jesus 1075 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 984 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 984 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 946 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 1090 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 870 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 800 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 795 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 890 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 875 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 756 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 970 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 735 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 840 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 855 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 911 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 788 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 1028 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 1020 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 774 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 810 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 938 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 788 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 832 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 771 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 763 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 740 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 745 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 809 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 852 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 824 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 808 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 799 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 974 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 797 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 995 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 512 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 621 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 606 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 573 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 998 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19


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