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The craziest new theory on Jesus I've ever heard!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Crane Jul 7, 2012. 1 Reply

So, I have been an atheist for some time now and have followed the debates on the historicity of Jesus and the Israelites in general.  I read a book recently called "On the Origin of Religion" that…Continue

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Adrian K. replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Religion is essentially no different from mythology.  Judaism-Christianity absorbed many elements from mythologies in Egypt, Greece, Persia and adapted it to suit their purpose.  When people stop taking Judaism, Christianity and Islam…"
Sep 15, 2012
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Sep 15, 2012
Ant Mac replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I always felt they were something to do with how we learn as a baby. Things are new, inexplicable and  strange to start with. Two or three of these strange things are comforting. They teach you to use words, which means you can begin to…"
Sep 13, 2012
Jessica replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I have never heard of this. I agree with Lightnin' Lives. My general understanding and theory is that religions were made due to lack of scientific knowledge, the need to have a purpose in life and the refusal to accept death as the final end."
Aug 27, 2012
John Lynch replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The book I mentioned was the reason for belief in a god or gods, not the beginnings of religion. I got off subject a bit. I suppose it is just as difficult to find when man kind decided it was the supernatural that guided events in there lives."
Jul 15, 2012
Madhukar Kulkarni replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"So many different religions have originated in different parts of the world, over a long period of time, that it is impossible that all of them have the same cause for their origin. There are two components for all religions, one is god and…"
Jul 15, 2012
John Lynch replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion by Bill Lauritzen  Has any of you read this theory. I read it and it is far fetched as any you have mentioned. Any opinions on this book?   "
Jul 14, 2012
david stossel replied to Russell Pangborn's discussion How Many Atheists Do You Personally Know
"I actually thought hardly anyone until I started asking people.  Once I was confident enough to bring it up i was surprised how many people are skeptical these days."
Jul 9, 2012
david stossel replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I took a look at the source list and it was in the hundreds.  a ton of wikipedia but also direct quotes from charles mann, alan taylor, and a slew of Biblical scholars like carol newsom and the like.  The book basically lays the claim that…"
Jul 8, 2012
Jessica Berman replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"I'm not commenting directly about the book but the entire premise is wrong. First Yahweh isn't even a real word. It's an attempted transliteration of the word/symbols for God in the Hebrew bible, and was first used in 1869 (see…"
Jul 8, 2012
Joseph P replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Did you source the Wikipedia quotes?  Wikipedia is generally pretty good on most things, but on any kind of contentious subject, it can be a bit sketchy.  It's only as good as those who review the articles, and anyone can have an…"
Jul 8, 2012
david stossel replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"well it used a ton of direct wikipedia quotes and other source quotes."
Jul 8, 2012
annet replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Some Europeans would really like to be able to claim that they created and are responsible for western religious culture. Could this be some of them?  Typos and bad grammar are not good signs.   I'll also await the peer review.…"
Jul 8, 2012
Annie Thomas replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"can someone who owns the book take a quick glance at the sources listed?  A general estimate and a couple examples may be helpful.  Also, I could tell from the link provided who the publisher was.  As far as the "woo" in the…"
Jul 8, 2012
Joseph P replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"If it's properly researched, the evidence that the book is based upon will be peer reviewed, not the book itself."
Jul 8, 2012
Joseph P replied to david stossel's discussion The origin of religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"How well cited was this evidence?  Many of these books make a lot of shit up.  What we need is some sort of consensus amongst the scholars.  A lone nut can say anything."
Jul 8, 2012

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At 6:01pm on July 7, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, david! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Real Talk for New Atheists and Recovering from Religion.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 5:24pm on July 7, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello David

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you found out when becoming a non believer and freethinker like us.

We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3500 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry

At 1:52pm on July 7, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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