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  •  hey fishtroller, guess what? (2+ / 0-)
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    The Marti, agnostic

    slightly OT (hope the diarist doesn't mind mention of a relevant topic to this diary....)

    re yr comment:

    that they can reform this organization from within and undo 2000 years of crime and corruption.
    If you haven't started reading Reva Aslan's book,
    Zealot,  hurry to your library and secure yourself a copy.

    I mean really.  I read MANY, and I mean many, reviews online about the book itself (and not just the Fox kerfuffle,) and decided I wanted to read it.  Not disappointed.

    Well, I am about to finish it and I have decided to reread it again!  I know a little bit about this subject area and I think that it is brilliant in describing in plain English just how the bible is the product of a long cultural and political history (and not just the recording of a dictation from 'god',) and how chrisitanity itself evolved from interpretations and misinterpretations of what the historical Jesus could have said or did.  

    I don't agree with all in it, but I really think that it has a lot to offer.  Thought you might like to know.  Perhaps you have already gotten your hands on it?


    We Must DISARM THE NRA The next life you save may be ONE OF YOUR OWN!

    by SeaTurtle on Sun Aug 11, 2013 at 11:32:31 AM PDT

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    •  I do not like Reza Aslan since (0+ / 0-)

      his column about atheists and atheism. There is something underlying in that man that made me uncomfortable with him even before he wrote that junk. One thing I might do is watch the videos of his debate with Sam Harris.  That might explain his tome about atheists.

      The book I am waiting for is Richard Carrier's On the Historicity of Jesus Christ, probably out the very beginning of 2014. Carrier was asked on his blog what he thought of Aslan's new book and he basically said that it was what could be expected of someone who bases a book on the premise that Jesus Christ was an actual historical person. Of course I've been following that debate for a long time and see more and more historians and scholars either doubting the existence of this person or outright concluding that there is no proof of the man, divine or just plain human.

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