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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 9:10 AM
In a post-Christian era, the major distinction is between those who believe Jesus rose from the dead and those who don't. Townhall is a secular forum, friendly to believers. Some of my favorite TH contributers are not Christian. So take the squabbles between believers belongs elsewhere. Take it inside, boys.
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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 9:04 AM
The subject of Hendrickson's article is the Ressurection of Jesus Christ. All the squabbles of Christian doctrine are interesting but pale befor this: A man died, then he came back from the dead. You need to listen to a man like that.
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The Politics of St. Paul

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 12, 2014 8:49 AM
Unlike Islam, Christianity was founded outside of political power. There has always been a tension between Church and State, even at the height (depth) of medieval Christendom's mixing of the two. The NT moral injunctions are mainly to individuals, not political systems. Turn the other cheek is meant for me & my cheek. Not me turning your cheek. Common Law says it's ok to defend oneself, but you do not have a general obligation to defend others. Christian teachings such as Love your neighbor as your self & Parable of Good Samaritan might turn common law on its head: Fight for others, but not for yourself. Translating that moral position into legality is not much addressed in NT, although we can look to Moses & prophets for advice. Islam's founder was a warrior and politician. One problem for westerners, who have that cultural tradition, in understanding Islam is recognizing how intertwined Islam is as both a religious & political system. Excellent article.
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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 7:39 PM
& without the resurrection, it's just another crucifixion. Actually, if Jesus had lived to a ripe old age & died in his sleep, but then came back, that would still be jawdropping. Of course that's a hypothetical. I'm not belittling his atoning sacrifice. If he really is God, one thing makes the crucifixion more amazing is that the nails really didn't hold him to the cross. He could have shaken them off in an instant. But didn't. Consider this: Other founders of world religions had wealthy backing &/or became great political/military leaders. And they had long careers as some sort of prophet/guru. Mohamed, Moses, Confucius, Gautama Buddha come to mind. Jesus had a very short career as rabbi & exorcist. Just barely long enough to get noticed. His main thing wasn't his teaching. After all, God had already given the Hebrew scriptures. It was his death & resurrection.
God speeds in a pick-up?
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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 1:50 PM
John's own disciple, Polycarp, was martyred as an old man several decades later.
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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 1:38 PM
There's a Roman Catholic & Protestant take on that. Protestants generally believe Mary bore Joseph children. The New Testament authors, James & Jude, being two of them. But that's off-topic and fades into the background compared to the cornerstone of the Resurrection.
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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 1:34 PM
No surprise there. Not even his disciples got it. Do you think any of his adherents thought that 1st Good Friday was good? It wasn't until AFTER Sunday that they started to "get it". If He came back from the dead, what was that about? Someone who has power over death probably didn't have to die. So what was that about? Jesus himself had to explain it to those 2 (husband & wife?) on their way back home from Jerusalem late Easter afternoon. It really clicks in the post-Resurrection 'Acts of the Apostles', not in the per-crucifixion part of the Gospels.
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History's Greatest Event

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 12:01 PM
His body was, as St. Paul puts it, "changed." The body that was buried was not there 3 days later. Something happened to that very corpse. It wasn't a Zombie-like corpse that came out, but that corpse no longer existed. Something physical happened. If it were some kind of "spiritual resurrection" or "spiritual body" or whatever, the rotting corpse would still have been a rotting corpse, used up & discarded. It was gone. It got transformed into I don't know what, but something physical in this world happened. That is what is meant by Bodily or Physical Resurrection.
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Enforcing Islamic Law at Brandeis

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 11:27 AM
Another angle viewing the same: Multi-Culturalists say all cultures are equal, so who are we / Brandeis to criticize cultural values like female genital mutilation, polygamy, women-as-chattel, male-only education? On the other hand, who are we to criticize the critics? Oo, my head hurts. They may claim there is no such thing as Truth, but it turns out there really are logical contradictions after all.
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Hooray for Snooping!

Nos Nevets Wrote: Apr 11, 2014 11:19 AM
Did this kind of snooping kill bin Laden? That's not clear to me, but is offered as a quintessential example of why it is necessary.
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