Did Jesus Ever Exist?

JesusWe have discussed the veracity of the stories contained in the Gospels and even the possibility that Jesus was a real person, but according to an article on Alternet, Valerie Tarico writes that a growing number of scholars are openly or actively arguing against Jesus’ historicity. The article, reprinted at Salon is titled

5 good reasons to think Jesus never existed

Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity.

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Conflict, Cruelty, and Suffering

ROBERTSONI have regularly included posts on this weblog which emphasized the downside to a belief in a mythological god and especially in the inherent evils of an organized church. I’lll admit that, although I was committed to the information, it often was presented in seemingly unrelated pieces, a little here and a little there. But today I ran across a post at Salon which codified 12 of the worst things that religion foisted on humanity. I’ll just itemize them here but everyone should go to Salon or Alternet and read the complete article (the 12 evils are much more developed and far more upsetting in the original article).

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