Jesus in Early Christian Art – Wizard Boy to Royal God!

Young, fresh-faced, boyish...The earliest images of Jesus look nothing like the Jesus we know today. And nothing like the Jesus in the Turin Shroud. Jesus, at first, is a happy, go-lucky character, curly haired and handsome. Ceiling Mosaic of the Arian Baptistry, Ravenna, Italy. ca. end of the 5th century CE. Juan Fernández Navarrete, Baptism …

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Why I am Not a Christian: An Examination of the God‐Idea and Christianity – Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, March 6, 1927 [The lecture that is here presented was delivered at the Battersea Town Hall under the auspices of the South London Branch of the National Secular Society, England.] As your chairman has told you, the subject about which I am going to speak to you tonight is "Why I Am Not …

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Jesus Outside the Bible: Part 3 – Pliny, Tacitus and Suetonius

There are three Greco-Roman pagan passages extremely important to the defenders of the Christian myth. They are the works of three major non-Christian writers of the late 1st and early 2nd centuries – Tacitus, Suetonius, and Pliny the Younger. Let’s closely examine these passages and see why they cannot serve us as justification for reliable …

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Jesus Outside the Bible: Part 2 – Flavius Josephus

When addressing the historical nature of Jesus Christ, one issue repeatedly raised is the purported "evidence" of his existence to be found in the writings of Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish general and historian who lived from about 37 to 100 CE. In Josephus's Antiquities of the Jews appears the notorious passage regarding Christ called …

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Jesus Outside the Bible: Part 1 – Historical Silence

“Apart from the New Testament writings and later writings dependent on these, our sources of information about the life and teaching of Jesus are scanty and problematic” - F.F. Bruce, New Testament History. “The only definite account of his life and teachings is contained in the four Gospels for the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke …

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Easter and the Dying Man-God Motif

Let me break down most celebrated of Christian holidays: Easter The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and Gods. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after a Germanic fertility goddess, Eostra. [1] She was the Great Mother …

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The Parallel Sayings of Four Mystical Traditions

Let's compare religious teachings for a quick second, shall we? Specifically, let's compare the teachings of four of our greatest and most influential mystical teachers. Now, there isn't much evidence for the historical existence of any of these individuals and even worse, none of them ever wrote a word on their philosophy. Nonetheless, I feel …

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