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April 30 2013

surveyork
12:33

April 15 2013

surveyork
23:08
The vast majority of Biblical historians believe there is evidence sufficient to place Jesus’ existence beyond reasonable doubt. Many believe the New Testament documents alone suffice firmly to establish Jesus as an actual, historical figure. I question these views. In particular, I argue (i) that the three most popular criteria by which various non-miraculous New Testament claims made about Jesus are supposedly corroborated are not sufficient, either singly or jointly, to place his existence beyond reasonable doubt, and (ii) that a prima facie plausible principle concerning how evidence should be assessed – a principle I call the contamination principle – entails that, given the large proportion of uncorroborated miracle claims made about Jesus in the New Testament documents, we should, in the absence of independent evidence for an historical Jesus, remain sceptical about his existence.
Stephen Law: EVIDENCE, MIRACLES AND THE EXISTENCE OF JESUS

February 09 2013

surveyork
16:24

January 13 2013

surveyork
18:35

July 30 2012

surveyork
22:29
“Sev­eral bib­li­cal verses ref­er­ence self-mutila­t­ion as metaphoric acts of sac­ri­fice or con­tri­tion,” wrote the re­search­ers, who in­clud­ed psy­chi­a­trist Ja­son P. Ca­plan of St. Joseph’s and the Creighton Uni­vers­ity School of Med­i­cine in Oma­ha, Neb. “Some in­di­vid­u­als may in­ter­pret these pas­sages lit­er­ally and act on them, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­ju­ry and even in­ad­vert­ent death.”
Gospel of Matthew linked to bloody trail of self-mutilations
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