Jim Rutledge wrote:
Chances are, that without any degree in History, I have forgotten more about your religion than you will ever know. That really doesn't speak to my knowledge, rather it speaks to your ignorance.
Then it speaks mightly softly...even to the point of silence.
So, Great Historian, please enlighten us regarding the dates the Gospels were written, the Gnostic Gospels, the Unitarian/Trinitarian debate, the Cannon, and the Council of Nicaea, a.d. 325. And then tell us, with a straight face that Jesus started Christianity.
You've fallen into the same pattern as the dear departed- again- flapper of arguing against things I did not say rather than things I did say.
What I did say is that flawed, imperfect humans created Christianity based on the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. To the extent that Christianity is flawed, that is due to the human influence rather than that of Christ himself. We humans might have gotten some aspects wrong...but Christ didn't.
Now if you want to argue that the teachings of Christ are not the basis of Christianity...by all means have at it.
p.s. So, I guess you also missed my reference to the Jefferson Bible in my Friday post where I cited Ms. Dillard. I'm thinking you have no idea what that is. I'll give you a clue. It was Thomas Jefferson's attempt to analyze the Gospels, and separate the quotes of Jesus from the propaganda of the christians.
I am familiar with the Jeffersonian Bible...just as I am familiar with hundreds of other versions of the Bible. I am also aware that there are varying translations or interpretations of various things Christ said and did. If Jefferson had special insight into what he felt were things that Christ actually said as opposed to things that others ascribed to Him, if you think that Jefferson is unique in this well who is being ignorant now?