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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 7175 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
Re: The Historical Jesus 1259 deeside1 26-May-15 20:09
Re: The Historical Jesus 1022 Pete Vanderzwet 02-Jun-15 23:02
Re: The Historical Jesus 1004 deeside1 03-Jun-15 17:58
Re: The Historical Jesus 1034 Pete Vanderzwet 25-Jun-15 16:46
Re: The Historical Jesus 941 drrayeye 17-Jun-15 19:55
Re: The Historical Jesus 941 deeside1 19-Jun-15 09:31
Re: The Historical Jesus 903 drrayeye 26-Jun-15 00:12
Re: The Historical Jesus 1042 Yourconscience 05-Mar-16 16:45
Re: The Historical Jesus 830 bsbray 06-Mar-16 07:49
Re: The Historical Jesus 760 Yourconscience 06-Mar-16 15:44
Re: The Historical Jesus 756 bsbray 06-Mar-16 18:59
Re: The Historical Jesus 847 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
Re: The Historical Jesus 831 Vanya 07-Mar-16 17:52
Re: The Historical Jesus 712 Vanya 07-Mar-16 19:32
Re: The Historical Jesus 926 Yourconscience 08-Mar-16 15:48
Re: The Historical Jesus 694 Vanya 08-Mar-16 18:08
An alternative analysis 793 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 809 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 873 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
Re: The Historical Jesus 747 deeside1 03-Jul-15 10:37
Re: The Historical Jesus 989 grangram 05-Jul-15 06:43
Re: The Historical Jesus 982 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 735 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 765 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 899 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 748 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
Re: Astrotheology? 789 bsbray 06-Mar-16 19:06
Re: Astrotheology? 728 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 03:28
Re: Astrotheology? 723 bsbray 10-Mar-16 05:13
Re: Astrotheology? 701 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
Re: Astrotheology? 704 bsbray 10-Mar-16 21:17
Re: Astrotheology? 771 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
Re: Astrotheology? 808 bsbray 10-Mar-16 23:57
Re: Astrotheology? 786 drrayeye 11-Mar-16 01:50
Re: Astrotheology? 768 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:43
Re: Astrotheology? 756 OCaptain 30-Mar-16 01:38
Re: Astrotheology? 928 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 754 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 949 David L 11-May-16 13:09
Re: Mithras and Jesus 465 muppedo 28-Jul-17 23:42
Re: Mithras and Jesus 575 Eddie Larry 29-Jul-17 00:12
Re: Mithras and Jesus 563 muppedo 29-Jul-17 23:26
Re: Mithras and Jesus 529 eyeofhorus33 11-Aug-17 16:17
Re: Mithras and Jesus 921 muppedo 13-Aug-17 23:19


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