RE: spong's bad assumptions and virgin births - for jim

From: Alexanian, Moorad (
Date: Mon Jan 06 2003 - 08:51:49 EST

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    I am not sure I understand this line of reasoning. It seems to me
    that the main issue with the Gospels is its possible historicity.
    Imagine you witness some events today, would you testify to what you
    witnessed with some particular philosophical worldview in mind or
    just state the facts as you experienced them? It seems to me that
    what is being really questioned is whether the Gospel represent
    historical facts or fiction. Moorad

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    Subject: Re: spong's bad assumptions and virgin births - for jim

    In a message dated 1/5/03 7:23:14 PM Eastern Standard Time,

    > . I don't believe that argument is compelling, in part because it's
    > far from clear that such traditions did influence Mt & Lk. In any case,
    > the presence of
    > this theme in other religions & cultures is a sword that can cut both ways.
    Would you entertain the possibility that some of the structure and nature of
    judeo-christianity may be from the rg veda via zoroaster with a smatter of
    Babylonian religion? I'm trying to understand your metaphor. Are you saying
    religions evolve in isolation and are best not examined for cross influences?
       "sword cuts both ways" - please clarify... what analyses are appropriate?

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