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Lewis Black: The Flintstones is not a documentary.

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Beards and Religion

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Apr 20. 6 Replies

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 4, 2015 at 6:03pm

There's a cardinal who knows whereof he speaks! Such an elegantly precise comparison!

Comment by Gerald Payne on August 4, 2015 at 4:19pm

Another piece of unquestionable religious truth.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 4, 2015 at 1:11pm

Pat, that one is a keeper!  [cut-paste!]

Comment by Pat on August 4, 2015 at 1:02pm

Ironic, ain't it?!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2015 at 11:34pm

Oh!  My mom made the BEST flan!  YUM!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2015 at 10:25pm

Comment by Daniel W on July 15, 2015 at 11:48pm
Pat, I love that video!
Comment by Joseph P on July 15, 2015 at 10:04pm

Yeah, historicity basically just means that there was a guy named Yeshua who wandered around and preached some stuff at people.  Nothing more.  Christian apologists dishonestly (surprise, surprise) conflate historicity with the miracles claimed in the gospels.

When preaching to their sheep, apologists will say that when scholars are arguing in favor of historicity, they're arguing for the absolute historical accuracy of the gospels.

There's no such thing as an honest apologist.

Comment by Pat on July 15, 2015 at 2:25pm

Is it the historicity of this dude you guys are discussing?

Comment by Joseph P on July 15, 2015 at 12:23pm

Whoah, easy there.  King David and King Solomon are historical.  We have archaeological evidence for them.

They just weren't anything like they are described in the Bible, and the Kingdom of Judah was not unified with Israel, at the time.  The people writing the Jewish scriptures probably just grabbed those names, since they were Kings in vaguely the appropriate times in the right place, while writing their mythologized history.

Moses is almost certainly a complete fabrication, and the conquest of Canaan never happened ... and of course anything before that is almost certainly a complete fabrication, as well.

We can't be as certain about the historicity of Jesus, though.  The idea that there was a Jewish rabbi wandering around the area, whose cult followers told some preposterous stories about him, after his death, is not an extraordinary claim.  The evidence isn't there for the mythicist position, so we're stuck in what is probably a permanently agnostic position, in regards to historicity.

That doesn't mean that this roving rabbi had 12 disciples or that any of the names slapped on those disciples represented real people.  That doesn't mean that Mary Magdalene was a real person, although I have no trouble accepting that a cult leader probably had a number of sexually-available women handy.

Basically, the Christians aren't claiming any marks upon the world that this Jesus guy made, William Lane Craig's asinine Empty Tomb argument not withstanding, and we wouldn't expect him to have made any.  So, we don't know, but like I said, it isn't an extraordinary claim.


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