[FoRK] Re: A bit of religion - Problem of Evil
Sun Jan 8 14:54:23 PST 2006
On Thu, 5 Jan 2006, Russell Turpin wrote:
> Lucas Gonze <lgonze at panix.com>:
>> That seems by far the most parsimonious explanation of the evidence. The
>> guy's biography is the central feature of the religion.
> Actually, no. The alleged biographies were
> written after the religion had been spread, its
> leadership established, practice laid down, and
> doctrinal letters circulated. Most of the New
> Testament was written prior to the gospels.
> Once you have enough people subscribing to
> a god or hero, he has to have a lifestory.
> When they were needed, they were written.
> But the religion came first.
The biography is the religion. There's nothing else in it but
explanations of the biography. ...really, the only part that the founder
had to play was the passion, all the rest followed from that.
The religion is about a singular act of human sacrifice to the god. One
final history-rewriting biographical event. This is not something that
could have been added after the fact; it had to have always been the main
feature of the religion, even during the lifetime of the guy, even during
the period before the idea of the sacrifice itself was consciously
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