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Response to cleanhippie (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 12:20 PM

4. I can certainly understand why one would not believe all the supernatural religious aspects....

surrounding Jesus.... those purporting to detail his miraculous birth, death, and resurrection.

But, I really find it curious that so many would be so determined to doubt a man existed, upon whom many stories, legends, myths, or religious dogma have been attributed. Even if he were no more than an ordinary man who espoused some philosophy that is not unique to Christendom, after all, but perhaps, its most remembered spokesperson, why would that evoke so much skepticism. Do we doubt that Socrates existed? Aristotle? Plato? The works of Herotodutus that detail ancient Greece have likewise been hailed as both wanton fiction and conversely, invaluable documentation of history. Is it not possible to similarly take a grain--neh a big handful-- of salt with all that is written, yet still be able to believe a figure that inspired the stories of Jesus Christ existed?


Just curious about this seeming trend of denying historical figures--totally. At what point to do we trust the existence of historical figures, merely on the written accounts of others?

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