Zoroastrianism: “The obscure religion that shaped the West”

There’s – almost – nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. I wonder by what cognitive process watertight believers account for the fact, borne out by history, that there is very little originality in their belief system of choice?


 

The obscure religion that shaped the West

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Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed

Gearing up for Christmas? Setting out your Nativity? Well guess what?

For any interested in the question of the historicity of Jesus, some useful introductory articles are appearing around now, probably not by chance, in the source below by psychologist Valerie Tarico (also here on WordPress), and here by writer and blogger, Philip Perry of the Internet forum, Big Think.

Before anyone shouts “appeal to authority!”, Tarico makes clear in a postscript that she is not an expert in this area, and is inclined to “defer to the preponderance of relevant experts while keeping in mind that paradigm shifts do occur”. I haven’t been able to determine what Perry’s claim to expertise in this area is, but as he is aggregating existing research rather than making any outright or novel claims, I’m choosing to turn a blind eye, as it were.

The points summarised here – as well as the names of the various experts cited – are simply helpful starting-blocks for further reading into the matter of Jesus of Nazareth, be he mythologised history, or historicised mythology.

Source: Here are 5 reasons to suspect Jesus never existed

McCarthyism and the 70-Year Stain, or Atheist-bashing from the Religion of Love

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I was gladdened to stumble across a fellow Wordplogger’s post just recently, entitled “Why Atheists Call Out Christians on Morality“. It’s a heartfelt and I think quite representative account of the sort of vitriol, negative typecasting, and unempathetically demeaning comments that regular and otherwise inoffensive atheists can be¬†subjected to, by the followers of the “religion of love” (who paradoxically tend to be the most vociferous in claiming persecution, but that’s for another blog post). Continue reading