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  •  Yes, far too short. (1+ / 0-)
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    And as you know, a magazine is not an authoritative source.  Here is what that wall is not: evidence that the old testament tales are not lies.  

    The remarks from Josephus, Tacitus and other non-biblical texts are from many years after Jesus allegedly lived.  They testify to the hearsay of their times.  Here is what they do not do: prove that Jesus actually existed.  

    And none of those sources mention Paul or the other heroes from the new testament.  (Because none of them ever existed either.)

    As for Nazareth, there is no dispute as to its existence.  A named archeologist is no better than the evidence he or she brings, and in this case it is at best very shaky.  So, again, there are many reason to believe, and almost none to disbelieve the thesis that Nazareth did not exist at the time of Jesus, and he could not have been from there (and by the way, the bible calls it a city, not a few houses).  The passage in Acts where Paul is accused of being a Nazarean priest is very curious: that was a splinter sect.  

    The bible is a mass of contradictions and lies, and there is no god and no afterlife.  Get used to it.  

    Your reasons for disbelieving in Amon-Ra or Thor are sufficient reasons for disbelief in Jesus the miracle man from Galilee.  If you disbelieve in all other gods except one, you are being unethical.  The evidence in favor of the historical existence of Horus or Poseidon is as good as that for Jesus.  Prejudice is the only explanation for your believing in one but not the others.  Rationality has nothing to do with it.  Faith is not rational, and if you will be honest with yourself, you will see that it cannot be and that you do not hold your beliefs on the basis of evidence.  People are not Yankee fans or Cubs fans due to evidence.  Ditto in regard to their faiths.  

    If you attack me personally on this site again, I will again stand up to your bullying, and again humiliate you.  

    The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

    by not2plato on Thu May 02, 2013 at 07:04:29 AM PDT

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