Diana Agorio's Blog – September 2010 Archive (10)

Opinions about the Bible are like noses: Everyone has one

I am surprised by the heat in discussions about the Bible, even amongst atheists. Questions about myth and history in the Old Testament and Jesus as a historical or mythical character resulted in people slinging references from their favorite experts, back and forth. I could see the weaknesses of these arguments; but, it took awhile for me to formulate an explanation for why everyone was a…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 24, 2010 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

"Truth falls anywhere. It is not aesthetic:; unlike the designed lie"

The following is not my typical style of writing because it amounts to little more than appeals to authority. Citing sources is essential in scholarly writing because the author must give credit for the source of information. However, simply citing authorities to back up one’s own claim reflects a dogmatic frame of mind. Decorating one’s writing with citations…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

There is something fishy about John



Mythicists (people who claim Jesus is a mythical character) are regularly derided for relying on parallelism for explaining the Jesus story. They compare the…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 19, 2010 at 12:35pm — 6 Comments

The “Historical Jesus” is a Sideshow

Does anyone have a count on how many books and other media materials purport to describe the “real” Jesus? There are so many theories describing a human Jesus that the most important fact about Jesus is lost: the gospel stories about him are mostly myth, if not completely myth.…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 15, 2010 at 5:00pm — 41 Comments

A priest, a rabbi, an archaeologist, and a historian, are sitting together on a train.

A priest, a rabbi, an archaeologist, and A historian, are sitting together on a train.

The historian asks the archaeologist: “Is there really no evidence of the city of Nazareth from the 1st century CE?"

The priest pipes up: “Of course there was a 1st century CE Nazareth because Jesus lived in Nazareth.”

The rabbi cuts off the archaeologist with: “Jesus was a Jew which…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 14, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Travel the stars with Noah

It would be really strange if the Old Testament didn’t contain any astrology. For a modern reader to appreciate ancient books, it is necessary to put oneself in an ancient person’s environment. West Asia is very much “big sky” country. Also, without electricity, ancient people had no light pollution obscuring their view of the sky. During the warm season (which is most of the year) it was customary to sleep on the flat roof of the home. The stars were ancient people’s nightly TV before…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 12, 2010 at 2:29pm — 22 Comments

New review of Sex Rites: The Origins of Christianity: "Fabulous read, masterfully written"

Review by: Brian Bigelow on Sep. 11, 2010 : star star star star star

"Sex Rites" is a must read for anyone interested in the origins of Christianity. Diana goes to great lengths to separate fact from myth, using archeological evidence as oppose to theories and conjecture. Included are her personal journeys of discovery while seeking the truth behind…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 11, 2010 at 3:14pm — No Comments

The Crazy Atheist (according to a spiritualist)

Yesterday, a self-described “spiritualist” claimed that I had psychological problems and that I selected sources for my book by scholars who were out to destroy Christianity. I admit that I must be a little crazy to spend so much time exploring ancient religions; but, my sources run the gamut of religious belief and I really doubt that any of them are as anti-theist as I am. Regardless, the charge that my book represents a radical view deserves some explanation. Here is an…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 8, 2010 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Is Religious Child Abuse Getting Worse?

It seems that every day there is another case of child abuse exposed within religious organizations. Religious leaders try to capitalize on the cases, as evidence of evil in the world and pass off the blame on the Devil. They even point to increasing secularism in Western society as the reason for so many cases. And, they are right. It is because…

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Added by Diana Agorio on September 5, 2010 at 4:06pm — 4 Comments

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