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by Irish1975
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: the Sethians
Replies: 10
Views: 13122

Re: the Sethians

Question for all and sundry— When you read in certain NT texts (Pastorals, 2 Peter, Jude, Acts) the warnings against false teachers, along with ex eventu prophecies that an era of widespread false teaching is about to corrupt the fledgling christian church, Do you think the targets of these passages...
by Irish1975
Thu Apr 22, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 52
Views: 433

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

I'd say roughly 175 CE (pre-Irenaeus) is where "the great divergence" of theories begins. Before, pictures vary greatly. After, not so much. Irenaeus references so much that is so recognizable about Christianity ever since (e.g. four gospels), but the texts before Irenaeus have much greater variety...
by Irish1975
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Proofs That Jesus Existed
Replies: 381
Views: 344762

Re: ARGUMENT FROM EVIDENCE OF FORGED EVIDENCE

ARGUMENT FROM EVIDENCE OF FORGED EVIDENCE 1) It's generally agreed that parts of the TF are Christian forgery. 2) Some of this forgery is likely a Christian reaction to whatever was original. 3) This "indicate a passage original to Josephus that has been adjusted and added to by later Christian scr...
by Irish1975
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: did you know???
Replies: 43
Views: 16837

Re: did you know???

O to believe that things can be “known” about past. No burden of ignorance, no bad sources, no accumulation of diminishing probabilities. Just good old knowledge.
by Irish1975
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is the Categorization of Heresies 'Aristotelian'?
Replies: 1
Views: 2369

Re: Is the Categorization of Heresies 'Aristotelian'?

I think there's something to this. One thing that Aristotle does in his Physics and Metaphysics is look back at his predecessors in the Greek philosophical tradition (roughly 2 centuries), beginning with Thales, and evaluate them according to the standard of how well or how poorly their views accord...
by Irish1975
Mon Feb 15, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The title of the "Gospel of Mark"
Replies: 7
Views: 4693

Re: The title of the "Gospel of Mark"

In David Oliver Smith's Unlocking the Puzzle , he concludes based on analysis of the chiastic structure of Mark that the first line of Mark is really the original title: "The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." He supports "the Son of God." though many others disagree and p...
by Irish1975
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Any account of non-Pauline "Christianity"?
Replies: 50
Views: 38214

Re: Any account of non-Pauline "Christianity"?

FWIW I completely agree that the NT is utterly Pauline, bookended by gMatthew and Revelation as furiously Judaizing (and anti-Marcion) reactions to Paul. Perhaps Harold Bloom’s idea of the “anxiety of influence” is relevant here.
by Irish1975
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Any account of non-Pauline "Christianity"?
Replies: 50
Views: 38214

Re: Any account of non-Pauline "Christianity"?

Well there are the Odes of Solomon, which express a “redeemed redeemer” style of Christ worship, but without any Jesus. They are dated to around 125 CE but scholars have given no specific reason why they couldn’t be 1st century.
by Irish1975
Mon Jan 25, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jung on Christ
Replies: 2
Views: 8328

Re: Jung on Christ

This bit from Jung's Answer to Job is admirably to the point-- Seen from a distance of nearly two thousand years, it is uncommonly difficult to reconstruct a biographical picture of Christ from the traditions that have been preserved. Not a single text is extant which would fulfill even the minimum ...
by Irish1975
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Johannine epistles as reaction to Marcionism?
Replies: 22
Views: 11571

Re: Johannine epistles as reaction to Marcionism?


Τίς ἐστιν ὁ ψεύστης εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀρνούμενος ὅτι Ἰησοῦς οὐκ ἔστιν ὁ Χριστός; οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἀντίχριστος, ὁ ἀρνούμενος τὸν πατέρα καὶ τὸν υἱόν. (1 John 2:22)

Do you know about the drunk who lost his car keys and only looks for them near the street lamp, because the light is really good over there?