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Featured Atheists Pressure MI School District to Stop Treating the Birth of Jesus as Fact

Discussion in 'Religious News' started by Skwim, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. IndigoChild5559

    IndigoChild5559 Tolkienite

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    You certainly have enough to know that Jesus existed, and that is what this discussion is about.
     
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    IndigoChild5559 Tolkienite

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    I don't know if all twelve were ACTUALLY martyred. I said WILLING. Certainly some were that we have records of, such as Peter.

    Again, we accept the same level of evidence for so many other historical figures, some considerably less.
     
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    IndigoChild5559 Tolkienite

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    Why is a historical record null and void simply because it is written by a Christian? How prejudiced of you!

    The book of John is clearly written after the crucifixion of Peter. Jesus is reputed to have said to Peter, "I assure you: When you were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow older, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where dou don’t want to go." Now I don't actually think Jesus said it. But it is clearly a reference to something that happened before the writing of the gospel.
     
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  4. Bob the Unbeliever

    Bob the Unbeliever Well-Known Member

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    Please accept my apology, for falsely painting you into what you are clearly not.

    Mea Culpa-- my bad.

    And you do point out an interesting tangent, with respect to Jewish Heritage, and the Christian Mythos. I have always been fascinated with modern Judiasm, myself, and was fortunate enough to hear a series of lectures on the subject, many decades ago, by a well known Jewish Scholar. I wish I remembered his name, Rabbi Shallman? (drat-- I hate getting old).

    Not only was he a brilliant story teller? He came highly regarded from a number of sources-- and I got to listen to him speak... for free. :D

    Alas, I think he has since passed away. A loss of a great mind, I think.

    I sometimes forget, there are other WorldViews than Genuine Christianity™ . ;D
     
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    Bob the Unbeliever Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. I'll have to look him up.

    My favorite historian of the subject, is Dr Bart Ehrman. But I must admit, my familiarity with him, is somewhat limited, having only listened to several hours of his lectures (via podcast, TED and on Public Radio).

    To be fair, Dr Ehrman is agnostic on the subject of Historical Jesus, at least, the last time I hear him say one way or another.

    Like most scholars, he indicates there needs more study, and likely we'll never have definitive proof either way.
     
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    Bob the Unbeliever Well-Known Member

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    Well, maybe... maybe not. I think the real Truth of the matter, is still up in the air, and without a time machine?

    We'll likely never be sure one way or another.
     
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    ecco said:
    My emphases...
    Apostles - Wikipedia
    Of the twelve Apostles to hold the title after Matthias' selection, Christian tradition has generally passed down that all but one were martyred, with John surviving into old age. Only the death of James, son of Zebedee is described in the New Testament.
    Please show evidence that the original disciples were martyred. Christian Tradition is not evidence.​

    Previously...
    I wrote about Christian Tradition and asked for evidence. You responded...
    Did Dr. Eisenmann not teach you the difference between "tradition [that was] generally passed down" and actual evidence?

    What "historical record" are you accusing me of being prejudiced against? Who wrote it? When was it written? On what was it based?
     
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    This quote makes more sense if it was Peter speaking to Jesus, warning him of the upcoming crucifixion.


    No, it is not clearly a reference to anything.


    In any case, if Jesus didn't write it, what's the point? Why bring it up?
    Someone wrote:
    "A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults."​
    What's the deeper meaning of this? Who wrote it? Why?
     
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    But that wasn't the point I originally objected to. What I objected to was you saying (1) that there is more reason to believe Jesus existed than Socrates and (2) that we have eye-witness testimony of Jesus. Neither is true - do you understand why?
     
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    No harm done. It takes time to get to know each other.
     
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    I'm just saying, if you raise the bar so high that we doubt the historicity of Jesus (while still saying that myths and legends grew up around him, no doubt) then you also have to question the historicity of almost every other ancient figure, for whom we lack eye witness accounts. Good heavens, what happens if we doubt the existence of Hillel and Shammai? What would happen to Judaism? LOL
     
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    Dr. Eisenman taught that through textual criticism one can discern what is historical and what is embellished.

    It appears you are biased against Christian scholars since you state that you cannot trust them to be objective. Some of the best scholars of textual criticism are Christians.
     
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    You call me prejudiced and biased. You cannot back up either of those assertions.

    Where have I said:
    A historical record is null and void simply because it is written by a Christian?

    Where have I said:
    One cannot trust Christian scholars to be objective?

    I believe you are in violation of forum rules against making false statements about another's character and ethics.
     
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    IndigoChild5559 Tolkienite

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    You said:

    By saying "Christian tradition," you are referring to Christian historians.
     
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    No, Christian tradition is not referring to Christian historians. It may be referring to historical Christians, but that does not help your claim.
     
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    He can correct me if I'm offbase, but I'm certain he includes the historian Eusebius in the category of Christian tradition.
     
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    Not a very good example. When it comes to the history of the western church he was regarded as an apologist, not as a historian:

    Eusebius of Caesarea | Biography, Writings, & History
     
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    ecco:
    You call me prejudiced and biased. You cannot back up either of those assertions.

    Where have I said:
    A historical record is null and void simply because it is written by a Christian?

    Where have I said:
    One cannot trust Christian scholars to be objective?

    I believe you are in violation of forum rules against making false statements about another's character and ethics.​


    Please show evidence that the original disciples were martyred. Christian Tradition is not evidence.​

    So, according to you, asking for evidence means someone is prejudiced and biased. You assert that Christian historians created "Christian traditions". According to you, among these "traditions" are the stories of martyred disciples.

    Now, please be good enough to show the names of the Christian historians who studied up on and wrote about the circumstances of the deaths of some of the disciples.

    Oh, gee. There I go again, asking for evidence. I guess I'm prejudiced and biased because I don't take the word of a forum poster as reflective of truth.
     
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