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Old 11-09-2001, 08:45 AM   #1
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Post Great Quote on the Main Page today:

This was the Quotation of the Minute when I logged on this morning:

"The most extraordinary Roman soldiers that Rome ever heard of were those soldiers that were set to watch the tomb of Jesus. They managed to fall asleep simultaneously in order to allow Jesus to pass unseen, and when they awoke, for a bribe they deliberately committed suicide by admitting that they had slept -- an admission that meant instant execution. Was ever invention so stupidly desparate and medacity so reckleslly absurd as that invention and that mendacity upon which rests the story of the Resurrection, upon which the whole fabric of the CHristian faith has elected to stand or fall? The basis is too puerile to support a story told by an idiot for the purpose of imposing upon a fool." W.S. Ross, "Did Jesus Christ Rise from the Dead?" An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism (ed. Gordon Stein, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1980), p. 211.
This is brilliant criticism of this absurd story.
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Old 11-09-2001, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yeah and I also wonder if JC really did rise from the dead why didn't he stick around a little longer? Why the hurry to sit at the right hand of the Father? After all, he supposedly had a physical, real body, "transfigured" or not. He's up there right now somewhere, floating around, watching us; was it just to test our faith that he took off in such a hurry?

I like Richard Carrier's "Why I don't buy the resurrection story" in the modern library section of here

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