unfortuantely, some of those who believe this fallacy on this board refuse to discuss these finer details, appealing to ignorance, for example.
I think that the wording of the above statement bears a non-biased viewpoint. By using the words "believe this fallacy," the statement dismisses all other viewpoints as being invalid before the discussion can even be broached.
This is one of my favorite subjects, and I am enjoying the interchange of ideas and theories. Currently, I'm reading about the similarities between India's early "gods" as compared to Sumerian, Greek, Egyptian, & Roman. Fascinating stuff to me.
I'm not really sure what I believe, but I do believe that Christianity "borrows" a LOT from earlier belief systems. Whether by doing so helped convert the masses, or because it just evolved from earlier religions is still very much up for discussion since I don't believe anyone could possibly definitively know. There are however, far, far too many "coincidences" and similarities for me to dismiss the idea completely.
On the other hand, I also believe that the Bible can be read somewhat as a historical account of events. In the last 50 or so years, archaeology has helped prove that many of the locations mentioned in the Bible are indeed real.
My policy is to question anyone who claims they KNOW the Truth..... and to keep reading.