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  1. about 9 hours ago on The Flying McCoys

    I don’t see the egocentrism. Moses could have set himself up as king or named his sons as his successors, but he didn’t.

  2. about 9 hours ago on The Flying McCoys

    Considering they were in a wilderness, there weren’t many villages. God specifically told them not to fight certain groups, such as the Edomites, though they did fight some essentially defensive battles against people who started it. It wasn’t until after Moses’ time that they did any major conquests to acquire land, and that was at God’s behest.

  3. about 13 hours ago on Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

    Ask the cops.

  4. about 13 hours ago on Pot-Shots

    Have your appendix checked.

  5. about 13 hours ago on Broom Hilda

    Broomie shouldn’t have eaten her, then.

  6. about 13 hours ago on Candorville

    For what it’s worth, I disagree that Jesus studied with the Essenes, and I don’t find it “pretty clear historically” that he did so. But that he existed and was the basis for what we call Christianity isn’t a matter of serious scholarly debate, even among atheists. The generally acknowledge that he was crucified, too. It’s the resurrection that elicits skepticism, though I think the evidence there is also quite good when viewed as a cumulative case.

    On the other hand, I’m not aware of any “evidence pointing the other way.” Could you provide some evidence that he didn’t exist?

  7. 1 day ago on Candorville

    It is the right question, and the right answer involves at least a summary of process whereby you came to your conclusions and which scholars you followed. I’ve been researching this sort of thing for some decades myself and have come to radically different conclusions. The Essenes, for example, were roughly Pharisees with a bizarre and involved eschatology. New Agers or flower children they were not. John the Baptizer’s connection with them was probably just that they saw him as someone who sought to purify Jewish people and their worship and to usher in the Messianic Age.

  8. 1 day ago on Candorville

    Even Bart Ehrman and John Dominic Crossan acknowledge that Jesus was historical. Atheist and historian Tim O’Neill deals with this extensively: https://historyforatheists.com/category/jesus-mythicism/

  9. 1 day ago on Savage Chickens

    I’ll give that a passing grade. It’s a gut reaction.

  10. 1 day ago on Pooch Cafe

    It could be Buddy Ebsen fer all a’ me. Just so’s there’s young’uns watchin’. Gotta be done.