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March 14, 2006

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Like Prof. Ehrman (some of whose previous books I have read and appreciated), it was likewise my bothering to seriously study the Bible and the early Christian movement which led to my becoming a "born-again" no-longer-Christian. I believe that is why so many "true believers" prefer "proof-texting" over making any truly serious effort at seeking to learn about what the Bible actually is (an anthology of Hebraic and Hellenistic religious propaganda), how it came to be (through human activity/actions), and how its effects have included negative aspects along with such "good" as it has contributed toward in human history. "Truth" is hard to find, but finding it can at least help to make one more free. (Cf. I Th 5:21.)

Just to comment on the wackiest religion issue, have you seen what Scientology believes in? Holy crap (no pun intended)!

Somewhere between the thousands of souls that inhabit my body and the spaceplanes I figured "this is actually worse than Christianity!" Granted, it's little more than a cult with some very wealthy members, but still.

There is a good column in the Statesman Journal today by Leonard Pitts regarding interpretations of the Bible and homosexuality. I mention it for the interpretation part, not the homosexual part, although there is nothing wrong with that.

Peace!

I just saw Bart on the teevee, and the discussion eventually turned to how the investigation of biblical text brings it alive and therefore makes it more godly. Great stuff.

Of course it is impossible to go through an exigesis of Aquinas or e. e. cummings to ignore the application of the same principles to religious texts. 12 years of catholic school, did I suspect there might be more to the story than the Nag Hamadi hinted? Well yeah, I was taught critical reading, forensic debate, and psychological counseling: we used to role-play the monks re-writing texts for 3-player oral interp.

I've always wanted to meet Elaine Pagels. Sounds like Bart's journey has been pointed, and is now something to point at.

I taught secondary school literature for 13 yrs. The difference between fact/opinion and fiction/nonfiction. My students lit up when taught the bible was literature. I always encouraged them to read it themselves. What they believed was fact their entire lives was their preacher's interpretation (that was slanted) of a classic work of literature. When they argued the point, I asked them the basis they used to prove a fact. Because, was never right. We moved quickly on, but so many literally pondered this, I had actually made them think!

Do some research on the Koran, for the most part it includes the old and new testament. In the Koran, Jesus is reverred as a prophet, however, Mohamed is the greatest of prophets.

The falsehood of the Bible can't be only discovered by the scholarship of Dr. Bart Ehrman , but from the beginning , when we say the Bible according to Matthew , or Luke , this logically could never be considered a holy book even though they were really relating to the names they bear , they could be considered only as a bibliography of someone called Jesus , a holy book which is a true one , must be related to God Himself , and must have authenticity of being the actual word of God

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