I’m chomping on the chocolate bunny (ears first!) that I found in my basket and it occurs to me that believing in Christ’s resurrection requires a capitalist mindset. Certainly, you could be a capitalist without believing in Christ’s resurrection since it requires faith to believe in the resurrection. And, Christ’s primary mission on earth was not to overthrow human forms of government. However, Christ recognized as “good” a legitimate form of human government that espouses freedom, private property rights and representative authority. So, if you call yourself a Christian (as President Obama does) then I think you must also be...
It's been a while since I've read it, but Tim LaHaye's book, "Jesus: Who is He?" points out that portions of the gospels have been found within (I think it was) 20 years of Jesus's death and resurrection, and that in all likelihood they were written before the oldest surviving copies would date them. I seem to recall that it also makes mention that records about his life are much closer to the time-frame than other generally accepted historical documents (copies of The Oddysey, for example) are to their time-frames. Records of Jesus's life have been dated to times that would coincide with the lifetimes of his followers or people who might be able to refute the contents of the documents, if necessary.
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