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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 7132 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1245 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 1008 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 991 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 1020 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 928 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 928 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 887 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 1019 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 817 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 746 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 739 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 830 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 813 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 697 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 911 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 679 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 780 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 795 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 860 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 737 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 977 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 967 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 721 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 749 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 887 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 734 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 773 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 713 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 707 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 688 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 690 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 757 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 793 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 771 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 753 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 741 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 910 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 737 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 934 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 448 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 560 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 545 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 516 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 899 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19


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