I am curious what others think about his reasoning. What would be the motivation to fabricate the New Testament?
Hmm... I suppose so, but I'm still wondering why anybody would bother to change the name. What did they have against Horus?
How come Jesus himself would have left nothing in the way of writing? I've always found this odd. The four gospels were written by folks that (likely...) never met Christ. Reality is, one could go as far as to argue Christ himself maybe never even existed at all. Outside of the bible (which doesn't serve as solid evidence) there is very little documentation of his existence from the time he actually/apparently existed. For me this speaks volumes.
Certainly leaving something in the way of writing that some might regard as authentic wouldn't be nearly as miraculous as turning water into wine or any of that silliness?
Maybe carpenters were illiterate in those days.
Because the resurrection story was already a common element in many near-east religions. By appropriating it into the new Xtian myths, followers of other faiths could be convinced that maybe Jesus was another manifestation of their old deity, and it would be okay to go along with the story. They didn't invent the resurrection, they stole the idea. There is very little new to Xtianity.
Thanks Kir. But if he didn't exist, why start the myth that he did? What did the early Jewish and Roman converts gain from the creation of this myth? I think one could make the case that Islam unified many Arab tribes and provided justification for aquiring land. The same could be said for Judaism.
Yeah, I suppose that's possible. Shoot, I guess fishing would get old. Why not attempt global mind control by creating a new religion? ;)
Why are there stories of Achilles? What motivation did the Greeks have for believing he was some invincible son of Peleus? Was he a real person who did the deeds that the myths speak of or did someone fabricate them? Or is it just possible that Achilles might have been a real person- some strong warrior- whom was greatly respected; rumors started about him killing 30 people single-handed; 30 became 100; 100 became 1000...etc? Why are any mythical heroes made? And why are actual people often made far greater in tale than they ever were in deed?
If you read this entire post, you may notice that it is chock full of a priori assumptions. It is circular reason at its worst - like saying the Bible is true because the Bible says it is true. If you haven't read it, yet, don't bother.
I gave up on the first sentence of his first point. The idea that everything requires a creator is fatally flawed, in that whatever that creator was, would need a creator, and would've existed outside of the existence he had yet to create.