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December 21 2014

surveyork
11:18

So what do the mainstream (and non-Christian) scholars say about all this? Surprisingly very little – of substance anyway. Only Bart Ehrman and Maurice Casey have thoroughly attempted to prove Jesus’ historical existence in recent times. Their most decisive point? The Gospels can generally be trusted – after we ignore the many, many bits that are untrustworthy – because of the hypothetical (i.e. non-existent) sources behind them. Who produced these hypothetical sources? When? What did they say? Were they reliable? Were they intended to be accurate historical portrayals, enlightening allegories, or entertaining fictions?

Ehrman and Casey can’t tell you – and neither can any New Testament scholar.

September 06 2014

surveyork
04:58
Jesus appears to be an effect, not a cause, of Christianity. Paul and the rest of the first generation of Christians searched the Septuagint translation of Hebrew scriptures to create a Mystery Faith for the Jews, complete with pagan rituals like a Lord’s Supper, Gnostic terms in his letters, and a personal savior god to rival those in their neighbors’ longstanding Egyptian, Persian, Hellenistic and Roman traditions.

May 03 2013

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04:22

"You know, G. K. Chesterton said that the Doctrine of Original Sin is the only one which we have 3,000 years of empirical evidence to back up. Clearly, we need faith as a component and it’s just silly for us to say otherwise," she said.

Nance continued, "You know, the Age of Enlightenment and Reason gave way to moral relativism. And moral relativism is what led us all the way down the dark path to the Holocaust… Dark periods of history is what we arrive at when we leave God out of the equation."

Fox News Guest Penny Nance Ties Anthony Foxx's Day Of Reason To Holocaust (VIDEO)

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
surveyork
21:26
Literary Traditions

Ten Reasons the Gospels are Works of Fiction

The NT documents, especially the Gospels, are precisely the sort of literature we would expect to emerge from a time when the dividing line between the natural and “supernature,” indeed, the divine and the human, was not clearly drawn: the true miracle would have been for the NT to stand completely outside the limits of Hellenistic storytelling and the rudimentary historiographical interests of a religious community.
–R. Joseph Hoffmann
SC3PTICS: Literary Traditions: Ten Reasons the Gospels are Works of Fiction

February 09 2013

surveyork
23:59

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11:04

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04:25

September 22 2012

surveyork
20:21
  • God, also known as Yahweh, had a wife named Asherah, according to a British theologian.
  • Amulets, figurines, inscriptions and ancient texts, including the Bible, reveal Asherah's once prominent standing.
  • July 08 2012

    surveyork
    21:16

    Israel’s Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem was built to preserve and protect the largest collection of Holocaust documentation in the world. It contains over 100 million pages of evidence documenting the Holocaust.

    This weekend, one of those documents is being re-written. After years of clashing with the Vatican over an unfavorable description of Pope Pius xii’s actions during the Holocaust, Yad Vashem has finally agreed to re-word the controversial display.

    Vatican Pressures Yad Vashem to Revise Pius XII History - Columns - theTrumpet.com - World News Analysis Based on Bible Prophecy by the Philadelphia Church of God

    March 27 2012

    surveyork
    12:19
    It must have come as a real shock to Noah and his children when, in 2334 BC – only 14 years after the flood – Sargon the Great began establishing the powerful Akkadian empire. This task involved defeating in battle a variety of Sumerian city states, some of which had populations in excess of 100,000 inhabitants (e.g. Lagash and Uruk). By the end of his reign (2279 BC), Sargon’s vast empire stretched from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf – basically the entire Fertile Crescent.
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