Preterists as example of modern euhemerizers

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Preterists as example of modern euhemerizers

Post by Giuseppe » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:57 am

If I understand well, then I can define the Preterists as modern euhemerizers of an ancient myth.

Their logic is the following:

1) the historical Jesus predicted an imminent Parusia.

2) but the Parusia didn't happen.

3) the point 2 is too much embarrassing to be accepted as true.

4) therefore the Parusia happened. When: with the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.

5) Only: no one saw the Christ of the Parusia.

Clearly the point 4 is invented. The "Parusia" was only for them a historical event.

This doesn't sound as what an euhemerizer ("Mark") did. This resembles more what the Pillars (the founders of the Jesus Myth) did: they imagined that Jesus was crucified in outer space.

But someone, not Christian, may say: "Is the destruction of the Temple an evidence of the fact that, afterall, the historical Jesus was a true prophet?" Insofar he would think so, he is partially persuaded about the "sound" truth of the implication:

the Jews were punished in 70 CE ------> Jesus was a true prophet.

Insofar we (not Christians) realize what the Preterists (Christians) have done, we can label them correctly as euhemerizers of a previous myth.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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