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by jferris
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Book Review of Tareq Baconi's The Rise of Palestinian Resistance
Replies: 12
Views: 12239

Re: Allah Assigned Israel to the Jews

JoeWallack wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:20 am

1) There was a time when Israel was an undisputed Jewish country.
Could you give a range of dates when Israel was an undisputed Jewish country?

Thanks.
by jferris
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Book Review of Tareq Baconi's The Rise of Palestinian Resistance
Replies: 12
Views: 12239

Re: Book Review of Tareq Baconi's The Rise of Palestinian Resistance

JoeWallack wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:20 am

Before there were Muslims. My source is the Koran.
Could you give a range of dates when Israel was an undisputed Jewish country?

Thanks.
by jferris
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Book Review of Tareq Baconi's The Rise of Palestinian Resistance
Replies: 12
Views: 12239

Re: Book Review of Tareq Baconi's The Rise of Palestinian Resistance

JoeWallack wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:59 pm

1) There was a time when Israel was an undisputed Jewish country.
When was that?
by jferris
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Other Texts and History
Topic: Previously Unknown Subspecies of Human Discovered in Siberia
Replies: 34
Views: 42005

Re: Previously Unknown Subspecies of Human Discovered in Siberia

John T, Thank-you. I wish you all the best. The terms are subjective just like motives. That is why I politely ask others to define their terms and disengage those who refuse. Experience tells me, those who refuse to define their terms are not interested in real science but in promoting their religi...
by jferris
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Other Texts and History
Topic: Previously Unknown Subspecies of Human Discovered in Siberia
Replies: 34
Views: 42005

Re: Previously Unknown Subspecies of Human Discovered in Siberia

John T,

I've been following your arguments with interest, but I find that I'm having trouble understanding them. Could you please articulate what you mean by "creationism" and "evolution?"
by jferris
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Should Governments regulate fraudulent religions?
Replies: 33
Views: 29778

Re: Should Governments regulate fraudulent religions?

Perhaps you could specify what kind of behaviour you would categorize as fraudulent?

How would you characterize non-fraudulent activity? Authentic? Genuine?

Can you give some examples of fraudulent vs. non-fraudulent religious activity? What criteria would you invoke to measure religious fraud?
by jferris
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?
Replies: 118
Views: 36805

Re: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?

Specializing in NT history seems like an easy way to get unmoored, since we're always going over the same stuff. Behavioral science suggests we end up confirming our biases in that kind of situation - both for positive and negative info, too. Not the best way. Maybe there's a way out of the impasse...
by jferris
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The syncretistic origins of Christianity.
Replies: 95
Views: 22096

Re: The syncretistic origins of Christianity.

Personally, I think your definition of what is and isn't syncretism is rather wider than mine. If you're interested in reviewing some literature around the subject: Syncretism/antisyncretism: The Politics of Religious Synthesis , Stewart and Shaw, 1994 Dialogue and Syncretism , Gort, 1989. Dated an...
by jferris
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The syncretistic origins of Christianity.
Replies: 95
Views: 22096

Re: The syncretistic origins of Christianity.

Isolated? The notion of a religion isolate is an intriguing one, but I can't think of any examples. Stable? Consistent? Coherent? A religion can be syncretistic and all of these things in at least some dimensions; ultimately, stability, consistency and cohesion are not qualities which any religion ...
by jferris
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The syncretistic origins of Christianity.
Replies: 95
Views: 22096

Re: The syncretistic origins of Christianity.

Personally, I think that your saying that syncretism is at least a very common feature of many religions (I'm not entirely sure about 'all religion, at all times') is a good point. How do you imagine a non-syncretistic religion emerging or persisting? What sort of words might you use to characteriz...