Sam Harris weighs in on Historicity of Jesus

He talks about textual errors and the books of the Bible that were once heretical but were eventually canonized. He also compares Jesus to a modern guru who has done everything that Jesus did. If we don't believe this guru, why believe Jesus?

Comment by Morgan Matthew on April 15, 2010 at 9:20am
Such great points in such a sweet small package of time!
Comment by Ivan Long on April 15, 2010 at 9:41pm
My Hero!
Comment by James on April 16, 2010 at 10:28pm
Brilliant points made here. It's amazing that he got something that compelling presented in such a short statement.
Comment by Sydni Moser on April 18, 2010 at 4:26pm
Really enjoyed listening to Harris and even watched the entire debate. Five Stars. Thanks for posting.
Comment by DeSwiss on April 21, 2010 at 9:59am
"Omne Ignotum Pro Magnifico" - Everything becomes commonplace by explanation. - Sherlock Holmes, from the Red-Headed League.

Bravo!

Comment by David on April 27, 2010 at 5:43pm
There are a few problems with what he said. The "thousands of discrepancies mostly consist of punctuation errors or statements like "Christ Jesus" Instead of "Jesus Christ". \ As for the miracle stories, Jesus' enemies acknowledged that he did miracles
Comment by Mario Rodgers on April 27, 2010 at 5:46pm
@David *headdesk*

Beyond hope.
Comment by Gaytor on April 28, 2010 at 10:08am
There is a lecture given by Ehrman on the textual problems. He says that there are 200,000 discrepancies, with 30,000 of them being important. One of them he talks about is a conversation with Nicodemus listed in John 3:1-21. The problem with the passage is it's all about being born again. In Aramaic the conversation would never have happened because there wouldn't have been a double entendre problem. So the entire chapter has a foundational problem. The lecture is long but it's entertaining and certainly he isn't worried about punctuation. Did you know that after Mark 16:9, Mark is written a different author. In the original copy that most call extant from about 200 CE it ends before Jesus reappears. It's simply to women walking away from the cave. It's all text that cannot be verified and out of the hundreds of copies that were made, none survived and shortly thereafter we find them being written by a different author? These are not small problems and typical of why textual critics often don't seem quite as in love with the notion of a mystical god and simply stick to the history.

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