An argument can be qualified with a wide selection of adjectives, but it either stands up to scrutiny, or does not, or has to be an unknown. Whether it is mundane or not is, I suggest, not really relevant!Quote
If I can say where I think we're going in this discussion, at issue is whether one can provide more compelling mundane arguments for various positions.
Since the historical evidence for the wide variety of myths, creation stories, magical births etc exists, why do you think your personal experience could invalidate their connection with the biblical stories, I wonder?Quote
Your take on the Pharaohess surely leads you to conclude that the narrative was 'borrowed' by someone who transposed that narrative on Jesus' birth.
I might agree with that, but for various things I have experienced, during the course of my existence
In that case, can you not accept they’re ‘don’t knows’ rather than inserting a personal idea to explain?Quote
which I know rule out human intervention-manipulation. Those things resoundingly rout all human explanations that I can think of.
Yes, but with the vast increase in factual knowledge we have now, far more explicable in terms of how humans think, judge and narrate storiesQuote
Unfortunately, of course, many of these accounts are confined to antiquity which makes them very hard to evaluate.