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by Secret Alias
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Evolution and the Gospels
Replies: 29
Views: 574

Evolution and the Gospels

Here is why I don't believe the orthodox gospels are the original gospels. 1. in the Judeo-Christian tradition god says something and it lasts. God said 'let there be X' and X is still alive today. The world is God's world. The things in it are made by God. The reality is that things are constantly ...
by Secret Alias
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Iraneus and Polycarp
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: Iraneus and Polycarp

The image that is portrayed from the writings of these Church Fathers - and again we have to remember that these are just words - is that it is taken for granted that 'the Holy Spirit' is a living being which moved or transmigrated from body to body. The individual martyrs died (martyrs used in the ...
by Secret Alias
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Iraneus and Polycarp
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: Iraneus and Polycarp

It should be said that Irenaeus makes his comments acknowledging - implicitly - that Florinus the Valentinian spent more time with Polycarp than he did. In other words, Irenaeus is forced to justify his 'authority' by saying in effect, I saw him when I was a little kid. Florinus was closer to Polyca...
by Secret Alias
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Tertullian and the Alexamenos graffito
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Tertullian and the Alexamenos graffito

That's very interesting. But I don't think there is an etymological link with ὄνος.
by Secret Alias
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Marcion and Dog-Breeding
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Marcion and Dog-Breeding

The lady responded by saying 'I am God-made.' I was like that's nonsense. You were shaped by generations of human beings. But then the point hit me. If a Christian undergoes baptism according to the Marcionite conception and becomes modeled after the First Man/second God then he is a living represen...
by Secret Alias
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Marcion and Dog-Breeding
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Marcion and Dog-Breeding

It also reminds me of something which has blended in my read from reading the Memar Marqe's treatment of the Song of Moses and Philo's treatment of אִם-יִהְיֶה אֱלֹהִים עִמָּדִי in Genesis 28. Namely that the second power 'polishes' (mrq) the original creation and makes it better or more refined. It...
by Secret Alias
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Marcion and Dog-Breeding
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Marcion and Dog-Breeding

I had a fascinating discussion (irony) with one of my Facebook friends (I don't know how I have so many Facebook friends when I don't have many actual friends who aren't dads and moms on my son's soccer team). This lady posted the following: The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor. ......
by Secret Alias
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Understanding the Christian Story
Replies: 24
Views: 2251

Re: Understanding the Christian Story

I'm getting older
by Secret Alias
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Understanding the Christian Story
Replies: 24
Views: 2251

Re: Understanding the Christian Story

But Paul’s letters I admit it's a weak argument but I strongly suspect that no biographical information of Paul was contained in the Marcionite recension of the letters based on what Irenaeus says in 3.11 - 16 and Tertullian at the beginning of Book 5. Of course the statement in Book 4 that Marcion...