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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    Carrier does not much discuss other theories. I seem to recall him ridiculing Atwill at some point, but not much more. I think the mythological narrative came first and was revamped for imperial use, drawing on Caesar, JofG, Josephus, and others to create the backstory. Carrier's point is when...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    The character Jesus is surely a composite of such legendary figures and Carrier covers a lot of them. Aside from that there is the question of whether the life of some historical figure (Izates, Jesus of Gamala, etc.) might have also been incorporated at the time he was revealed to be the...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    Most of the book dwells on that point. By the time he's done, Carrier has dispelled any notion that there was anything real about the gospel Jesus. The question for this theory is why believers would diminish a celestial deity by inventing a false life story. At some point, someone decided to...
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    Just Saying Who's Trumping der Fuhrer?

    I see him as King Lear, wandering on the heath. A vain, reckless, unaccountable ruler, addicted to false flattery, who progressively loses his mind as his former allies conspire against him.
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    No, Carrier did not write about a 'second coming from outer space' or anything like that. He just wanted a sensationalistic title. He wants to set himself up as a judge of Biblical scholarship, maybe some professional power play. I also agree with his positions. But I wish he had gone into the...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    Well, I finally finished JESUS FROM OUTER SPACE. Carrier starts by pointing out that ancients had a cosmology where the 'heavens' were arranged on concentric spheres around the earth. So if Jesus came from heaven, he came from outer space. Then he uses this to ridicule early Christians for the...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    By 'produce' I meant Marcion brought them forth, not that he was the original author. Since they don't entirely fit his dogma it seems as though he somehow came by this collection and set about 'restoring' them for public release. So his would be at least two generations removed from the...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    Marcion released his collection of Paul's Letters in 130, but he claims he had obtained them in a deteriorated condition, by which he meant they had been edited to remove 'gnostic' content to suit a Jewish following. He claimed his redactions were to restore the original meanings. It is unlikely...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    I'm about half way through Celestial Jesus, so I'll let you know. Knowing Carrier, he will dwell on who are the 'true' gnostics by his definition and belittle anyone who has another view. It appears to me that the term 'gnostic' went through some changes in meaning. At first, it was this highly...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    As I've said before, I have some problems with Josephus as the author of the New Testament. Why would he have produced four contradictory versions of the gospel story? Why would the Letters come out before the gospels? Why did he depart from his scholarly approach and write the gospels as...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    Jerry, my impression is that Christianity got codified into a state religion under Constantine, but had existed as an organized religion at least since Domitian. Gnosticism had both philosophical and mythological elements. The creation story was whako, but the idea of directly experiencing god...
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    The Rich Carriage of Space Jesus?

    I just got Carrier's book and might say more later, but wanted to note that Gnosticism had its own cosmology and hierarchy of heavens. My guy Marcion's great heresy was that the great God resided in a higher heaven from where he sent Jesus to correct the errors of Jehovah, who dwelt on a lesser...
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    The Case for De Vere

    Came across this on a site named olypen http://olypen.com/zob/genealogy/England-tree/deVere/Melusine.html) In the 12th-century, Melusine's descendant, Robert de Vere, 3rd Earl of Oxford and legal pretender to the Earldom of Huntingdon, was appointed as King Richard I's Steward of the forest...
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    Just Saying Who's Trumping der Fuhrer?

    If Trump is Samson, who's Delilah?
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    Just Saying Who's Trumping der Fuhrer?

    Let me make another guess. If the dems capture the senate, Biden will make a deal with Roberts. Instead of packing the Court, he will get Thomas to resign. That balances the Court with Roberts as the swing vote.
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