"What about my statements was illogical?
The part where you said that if we conclude that Jesus was not a real person, then we have to throw out "most of ancient history". This does not follow logically for reasons I discussed in another…"
"Your comment about logic is unfair. If you have a reason for that comment, I'm willing to listen.
Sure, I was answering your question in a straightforward way. Two times in your post you tried to use your post-graduate degree as an argument…"
"Darren, you sound like an authority in ancient history! First, even if you think the NT documents are false (and silly and so on), they're still historical documents. Most of the sources we have for someone like Pythagoras or Empedocles are…"
"The problem with rejecting the existence of Jesus based on 'lack of evidence' is that you pretty much have to toss out most of ancient history with him (since our evidence of a lot of early thinkers/scientists is fairly…"
"If I had to pick one of those, I would say C, "Don't believe he existed". But more accurately I would say none of the above. I think that "Jesus" is an amalgam of lots of different people and events, plus mythological beings…"
"I Am Legend sucked for so many other reasons, number one being that they ruined a great novel by putting Will Smith in the movie version. I was already quite tuned out of that movie by the time the God stuff started happening.
I don't mind…"
"I think they would do more than faint if they found out he didn't exist at all.
They might be able to put up with an Arab-y looking Jesus after some reflection -- that's a lot better than suddenly realizing you wasted your life on a…"
"Generally speaking, Christians believe that Jesus reinterpreted portions of the Mosaic Law - except in the case of homosexuality, of course.
That never worked for me. So did God screw up the first time? Why does anything God says need to be…"
"It's because a lot of the people bringing up homosexuality as an abomination are closet queens.
They're picketing gay events or whatever because they're going through the Bible line by line following the law. They're looking…"
"I am against abortion as a matter of principle, but I also think it should be legal as a necessary evil. Abortions are going to happen whether it's legal or not, and I'd prefer they happen in the safe environment of a doctor's…"
Darren, I’m not the official welcome wagon, but I do spend a lot of time on A|N, so I’ll take the liberty to welcome you and tell you a little about the site.
There are three ways to join in the conversations here. You can use the CHAT ROOM, or you can post a discussion in either the FORUM or in one of the GROUPS. The FORUM has different categories for posting discussions, and it is open to everyone here. To post a discussion or comment in a GROUP, you must first join that group.
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