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Did Jesus really exist?
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10 Feb 2014, 10:14 am

And if your point was just to spread some form of wisdom, do it without spreading clearly false information.



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10 Feb 2014, 10:17 am

MCalavera wrote:
f the description is anything to go by, then he is saying that Jesus Gospel story was copied from previous myths like those pertaining to Krishna, Mithras, Buddha, and so on. But that's wrong. And had you ever read the Hindu and Buddhist books and other mythologies, you'd know as well how wrong he is.

And it's not just my opinion. Experts themselves find these views to be ridiculius and absurd. And that's why Bart Ehrman (who has much more credibility than a theologian like Beckford in these areas) was compelled to finally write a book just to point out the flaws in those views that are being spread by many over the Internet.


Perhaps i am not making myself clear..
But it is not the actual teachings of Jesus Christ that are the myths..

Again.. that is not at all.. what Doctor Beckford is suggesting...

The myths are the virgin birth..and the resurrection from the dead..the walking on water..feeding a bunch of folks with a little bit of food..etc...

These are consistent myths from the different stories of the historical teachers and teachings housed in these myths..that are either coincidence..
or borrowed...

And they are not included in the gospel of Thomas..as documented in the documentary....

More likely borrowed than coincidence..it wouldn't have been
hard for 'Paul' or 'whoever' to make that happen..if 'they had any common marketing sense..
to do whatever it took to keep the story going....

i'm not going for divine intervention in this case....


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10 Feb 2014, 10:24 am

MCalavera wrote:
And if your point was just to spread some form of wisdom, do it without spreading clearly false information.



Dude these are all opinions..

We are here to discern..the truth..i think..

And opinion is not false information..

It is just an opinion..

But again..

in my opinion..i think...
i'm more than likely correct...

i could be 'wrong'
but i doubt it...


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10 Feb 2014, 10:25 am

I'm contesting those claims that are in the description you quoted. It says nothing about Jesus' teachings. Let me make it clear what I'm saying.

What I'm saying is that it's false that the myths say the Hindu god, Krishna, was conceived by a virgin and his birth was attended by angels, wise men and shepherds and that Buddha was also the result of a miraculous birth and visited by wise men bearing gifts.

If you don't believe me, read the relevant portions in the Hindu and Buddhist texts yourself.



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10 Feb 2014, 10:39 am

MCalavera wrote:
I'm contesting those claims that are in the description you quoted. It says nothing about Jesus' teachings. Let me make it clear what I'm saying.

What I'm saying is that it's false that the myths say the Hindu god, Krishna, was conceived by a virgin and his birth was attended by angels, wise men and shepherds and that Buddha was also the result of a miraculous birth and visited by wise men bearing gifts.

If you don't believe me, read the relevant portions in the Hindu and Buddhist texts yourself.


All these myths as far as we know..were spread well after the actual existence of any of these historical teachers.
Dr. Beckford is not at all suggesting that they are in actual official Hindu and Buddhist text..

He is a doctor of theology at Oxford..dude..ya seriously think he ain't read 'em...
common sense..please....

Oral tradition..is as all it would have took..to make this happen..

But then..maybe coincidence..or even divine intervention..

i'm keeping my mind..
open...completely open..
well beyond common sense...

There are more mysteries in this life and fuller reality..

than you can likely imagine..

that you haven't encountered yet...

and may still find...in ya real life...

i have quite a few i could relate..

But i certainly will not do that here..

in reason land....
i'll save that for the poets..

..in poetry land.

Also for clarity..Dr. Beckford did not write the
little sketch on the youtube summary..

It's just an advertisement

for the video..

and there seriously isn't room for all the detail..
in an hour and forty minute video..

in a short paragraph..
a teaser ...just to get folks to watch..

as is the case with all other short
marketing efforts..

that are often hyperbolic..in part..
to capture the attention..
of a nation..and growing world now...

with little capacity..for more than
two sentences of focus..if that much.

ergo..why i write like this..
it works..better..than walls of text..
to keep focus and attention..

for any chance..
of generating deeper
thought..out there
in
the
herd..

i think..
but again..i could be incorrect..
but i'll keep trying..
my best..
as
always......
it's the only reason
i
am
alive.


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10 Feb 2014, 11:04 am

If they are not found in any of the relevant texts, then the evidence is lacking and this theologian is spreading a lie. I don't care if it's advertising or not. If it's not true what he's saying, then it's not true.

And many scholars well-read in these subjects strongly disagree with him, so no point in appealing to his authority when his is contested by many far greater than him.



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10 Feb 2014, 11:29 am

MCalavera wrote:
If they are not found in any of the relevant texts, then the evidence is lacking and this theologian is spreading a lie. I don't care if it's advertising or not. If it's not true what he's saying, then it's not true.

And many scholars well-read in these subjects strongly disagree with him, so no point in appealing to his authority when his is contested by many far greater than him.


Dude again..an educated opinion is not a lie..

It is just opinion..

No one here was there..

So all of this is just..

educated opinion...

There is no way in hell..

this guy would even have his position..
at Oxford if he was spreading PUBLIC lies..seriously
now really isn't that just .. common sense...

It might be clear if you actually watched the video..
but i do not want to suggest you do something...ya do not want to do...

But until then..ya really cannot provide a fully educated opinion..on anything Dr. Beckford says..
in the actual documentary...

i watched it..
so i can.

Anyway the bottom line here..is as much as folks pooh pooh..the importance and significance of the house of myths..
to vehicle and vessel universal truths through the history and prehistory of mankind..

There wasn't any friggin information highway back in those days..
and easily available and affordable broad band access..

and lots and lots and lots of folks were illiterate..
therefore

and thereby

the historical and prehistorical..
relevance..
and actually REAL LIFE requirement..

of the vehicle and vessel that the house of myths
provide..
to keep universal truths..going
for greater public consumption..

and real life results..
to keep the friggin human race going....

AND Again..my writing style..in part to do that here...

On the autism spectrum there is great difficulty with connecting
language and emotion..

therefore..many folks do not consider emotion..all that important..
in reality..when in actuality..

it is an extremely important part of how the mind properly functions..
in everyday life..to form memories..and execute actions..
in everyday life...

A major reason for executive functioning difficulties for autistic folks..

Is the disconnections of language and emotion...

IN my lifelong adaptation..to be a more fully functioning human being..

My greatest adaption so far..is MORE FULLY connecting emotion with language..

and i am now an extreme extrovert in real life instead of an extreme introvert..

at least in part .. specific .. to my SUCCESSFUL language and emotion adaptation..through my new style of communication..

AND YES..EVEN THE PROFESSIONAL PSYCHIATRISTS AND OTHER RELATED THERAPISTS..

AGREE MY METHOD HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL IN GAINING
THIS ADAPTATION..

BUT..I TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY ..

AND THIS BELIEVE IT OR NOT..IS ALSO PART OF MY ONGOING THERAPY..

TO BE A FRIGGIN FULL HUMAN BEING..

FOR THE FRIGGIN FIRST TIME..
IN MY WHOLE LIFE..

and guess what it is outstanding ..and great..

i could not imagine anything better than being a real life extrovert as
opposed to
introvert..
hell as a social animal...
anthropologically..sociologically..psychologically.. and biologically speaking....
OFcourse AND ON COURSE again..
in only my fuller NOW..educated opinion...

EMOTIONS connected with LANGUAGE
IS WHAT MAKES
THIS WHOLE DAM
THING WORK..
BEING A HUMAN BEING
THAT IS..again..in ONLY my more fully educated opinion....
now.

COMIC BOOKS .. Star Trek..Star Wars..X men..AND the MYTHS IN RELIGION..
SERVE THE SAME BASIC PURPOSE..
TO use a metaphor here..
that stereotypically
someone might relate to....
THEY SPREAD UNIVERSAL TRUTHS..
THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE..
WHATEVER METHOD IS USED FOR EMOTION..
CONNECTED WITH LANGUAGE..
FOR THE MOST EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION...
POSSIBLE..
IT IS WHY HUMAN BEINGS..in large part...
THRIVE...EFFECTIVE social-emotional COMMUNICATION...

SO BASICALLY for all BASIC practical intents and purposes...

SUPERMAN..yes the comic book hero..SUPERMAN.. IS THE SAME dude AS JESUS

And while this really isn't the time or place to expound on it and explore it.

The intelligence of movement is every bit as important..to success as a fully functioning
human being..as any other type of modern measured intelligence..
in IQ tests...

Another type of intelligence..often pooh poohed..by some of the autistic folks here as not that important..

PE otherwise known as physical education..

And oh my GOD..that is my fully educated speciality..and real life decades experience speciality..in work and play..that i don't even attempt to convince people of on this
site so far..i cannot even convince many of the REAL LIFE.. professionals on my insights on physical education yet...
but i seriously think they
are correct 2..i think out of the box in PE..like
our ancestors did 2....
I DO NOT WALK and never run..IN STRAIGHT LINES..ON SIDEWALKS..
OR TREADMILLS..or even elliptical machines...
Common sense..again..anthropological common sense...
look to nature..is most of my philosophy..
the answers most often..
do not change..
and the secrets are spiraling..flying..
like a hawk..in the sky around the sun..
'right' before our eyes....
believe it
or
not.


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10 Feb 2014, 7:13 pm

An opinion that's clearly wrong. As to why he is allowed to teach false information (if he is doing that at Oxford), it may have to do with the fact that he is just a theologian.



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10 Feb 2014, 9:18 pm

MCalavera wrote:
An opinion that's clearly wrong. As to why he is allowed to teach false information (if he is doing that at Oxford), it may have to do with the fact that he is just a theologian.


Well..of course this isn't part of his official duties at Oxford..

He is quite controversial in the religious community..in the UK..

And he provides documentaries..on the public television network Channel 4 there..
and for the BBC...

And again..it is an opinion piece..like an OP-ED..

Not a formal documentary..in any sense of collegiate requirement.

And yes using that level of requirement it would not be appropriate for him to use this opinionated style..

But that's what it is..

Opinion.

And his main point anyway..is that the teachings of Jesus are important..for real life affect and effect..

The myth as stated before by me..and agreed upon by Mr. Beckford..and many other
scholarly folks..is it's just the housing that carries the vehicle or vessel of the message..
per the English Language or whatever symbolic method of communication...that allows humans to communicate
Universal truths of human nature..GOD or whatever someone wants to call helpful hints ..

to just survive..

That what's important..

to survive..

We can candidly discuss differences of opinions.

but at the end of the day..

surviving is all that counts..at least for NOW..unless a person does not
want to survive..

been there .. done..both counts...

But yes i can most definitely attribute at least part of my survival...

to the historic teachings of the man Jesus Christ..the myth parts did me
absolutely no good.

All i'm concerned about is now..
not some fairy tale of yesterday..or tomorrow..

But if it were not for the myths..
Highly unlikely the teachings would have made it
intact as much as was remaining...
in the early 1970's....in the US.

Now it does not really matter..the information technology highway..
houses all the secrets of success in life imaginable..

Wading through the BS is the hard part..

And i can understand your personal need to set those boundaries..
That is something we all MUST DO in my opinion..to some degree.

But i'm no longer that nit picky..perfection was my biggest downfall in life..
i look at the big picture now..instead of drowning in details..that part almost seriously
killed me per deleterious documented health effects..

But i am not suggesting you need to do that..

We all must find what works for only us..in my opinion2...


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11 Feb 2014, 3:38 am

ArrantPariah wrote:
I came across a really fascinating lecture

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUZOZN-9dc[/youtube]

where Dr. Richard Carrier offers a very persuasive argument that Jesus never really existed.

Does anyone care to rebut any of his points? Or, to agree with his points?

I'm forcing a Yes/No vote: no agnosticism allowed. Examine the evidence and decide. :shameonyou:

Having watched the lecture, I am now pretty much convinced that Jesus never really existed at all: that he was completely made up.

Any other opinions?


I don't even need to watch the video. Of course he didn't exist. There is no historical record of him existing outside of the bible, and the bible has zero credibility. Case closed.



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11 Feb 2014, 3:38 am

ArrantPariah wrote:
I came across a really fascinating lecture

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUZOZN-9dc[/youtube]

where Dr. Richard Carrier offers a very persuasive argument that Jesus never really existed.

Does anyone care to rebut any of his points? Or, to agree with his points?

I'm forcing a Yes/No vote: no agnosticism allowed. Examine the evidence and decide. :shameonyou:

Having watched the lecture, I am now pretty much convinced that Jesus never really existed at all: that he was completely made up.

Any other opinions?


I don't even need to watch the video. Of course he didn't exist. There is no historical record of him existing outside of the bible, and the bible has zero credibility. Case closed.



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11 Feb 2014, 3:40 am

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Jesus most definitely walked this Earth; many historical accounts of first-century Israel describe His ministry, and that's without adding the text of the New Testament.


Source? I have never heard of any of these accounts.



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11 Feb 2014, 4:09 am

Moviefan2k4 wrote:
MCalavera wrote:
Moviefan2k4 wrote:
Jesus most definitely walked this Earth; many historical accounts of first-century Israel describe His ministry, and that's without adding the text of the New Testament.


Examples please.

And this is coming from someone who believes Jesus' existence is more likely than his non-existence.

I think both strong historicists and strong mythicists are being unreasonable. The best approach is agnosticism.
Two commonly-cited sources are the writings of Josephus and Tacitus, but anti-theists often say those are forgeries because they hate anything that backs up Biblical claims.



You said "many historical accounts" with such conviction, and yet the best you can come up with are from two people who were born after Jesus's alleged crucifixion. We need documentation that he actually lived. Not accounts from people who were born after the fact and heard the stories about Jesus. Thats just hearsay evidence. It wouldn't stand up in any modern court.



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11 Feb 2014, 10:16 am

Max000 wrote:
ArrantPariah wrote:
I came across a really fascinating lecture

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUZOZN-9dc[/youtube]

where Dr. Richard Carrier offers a very persuasive argument that Jesus never really existed.

Does anyone care to rebut any of his points? Or, to agree with his points?

I'm forcing a Yes/No vote: no agnosticism allowed. Examine the evidence and decide. :shameonyou:

Having watched the lecture, I am now pretty much convinced that Jesus never really existed at all: that he was completely made up.

Any other opinions?


I don't even need to watch the video. Of course he didn't exist. There is no historical record of him existing outside of the bible, and the bible has zero credibility. Case closed.


Well dude...unless you have greater credentials than the majority of scholars that agree that the man Jesus existed..your argument is no more believable than an argument that Socrates did not exist...

There is no greater evidence that Socrates existed as far as first hand accounts go...

And yes most scholars agree that both Jesus and Socrates existed...

Now was the myth real..of course not..myths are not meant to be real...

Myths like all other forms of metaphor..are just vehicles and vessels of human language to carry the
deeper meanings in life...

But of course that is the difficulty that many autistic folks have..understanding metaphors..of deeper human meanings as how that relates to
the demonstration of human empathy...

Ergo some difficulties in understanding the value of religion and deeper meanings of demonstrated empathy in general..among SOME autistic folks....

Even John Nash the individual potentially diagnosable with either schizophrenia/autism ..who readily admitted his difficulties with emotion and the demonstration of cognitive empathy in later years...understood that his limitations in these human abilities..reduced the reliability of his 'Game Theory'...

He had all the players...

But did not understand their 'heart's'...

That's a metaphor by the way..

If need be.. i'll explain it to ya.....

But don't take my word for it...per the historical verity of the existence of the man Jesus....

The resources indicate the same..even in rational wiki..for your general purview.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Evidence_f ... sus_Christ


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11 Feb 2014, 8:53 pm

aghogday wrote:
Max000 wrote:
ArrantPariah wrote:
I came across a really fascinating lecture

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUZOZN-9dc[/youtube]

where Dr. Richard Carrier offers a very persuasive argument that Jesus never really existed.

Does anyone care to rebut any of his points? Or, to agree with his points?

I'm forcing a Yes/No vote: no agnosticism allowed. Examine the evidence and decide. :shameonyou:

Having watched the lecture, I am now pretty much convinced that Jesus never really existed at all: that he was completely made up.

Any other opinions?


I don't even need to watch the video. Of course he didn't exist. There is no historical record of him existing outside of the bible, and the bible has zero credibility. Case closed.


Well dude...unless you have greater credentials than the majority of scholars that agree that the man Jesus existed..your argument is no more believable than an argument that Socrates did not exist...

There is no greater evidence that Socrates existed as far as first hand accounts go...


Wrong. Socrates was known and written about by other historically known people, who knew him. No historical person out side of the bible, knew about Jesus, until after his supposed life and death.

Jesus has no direct connection to history. Socrates does. Big difference.



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11 Feb 2014, 9:26 pm

ArrantPariah wrote:
If you look at Galatians, Paul (or whoever the real writer was, but I suspect Paul) isn't trying to make any sort of theological assertions regarding James, Peter etc. It is more along the lines of "had a great trip. Happened to see James and Peter when I was in Jerusalem." Since he isn't grinding a theological ax, it is more believable that he did see James and Peter, compared to anything recorded in the Gospels, for example.


Paul never met Jesus while he was alive so Paul just has to accept the words of the apostles that this is anyone's brother. If Christ isn't divine then the apostles are probably liars and con men.

It's like saying, I met Bernie Madoff while I was in Jerusalem and he introduced me to a friend of the analyst who had just doubled my money. Hallelujah! If the witness statements about miracles are incorrect then these are very unreliable and possibly unsavory narrators.

Ever met a street con man? I have. They are very good at bs. They exist.