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by andrewcriddle
Sun Aug 07, 2022 11:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Death by Burning, c.100-300 AD
Replies: 17
Views: 385

Re: Death by Burning, c.100-300 AD

The claim about Hilarius may be a distortion of Eunapius Where we have two passages: a/ The end of Eleusis during the invasion of Alaric Now when his studies with them were prospering, he heard that there was a higher wisdom in Greece, possessed by the hierophant of the goddesses,67 and hastened to ...
by andrewcriddle
Sat Aug 06, 2022 4:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Death by Burning, c.100-300 AD
Replies: 17
Views: 385

Re: Death by Burning, c.100-300 AD

Some early Xian atrocities listed here: https://churchandstate.org.uk/2016/06/christian-atrocities-three-centuries-of-pagan-persecution/ Atrocities mentioned at link: 370 Valens orders a tremendous persecution of non-Christian peoples in all the Eastern Empire. In Antioch, among many other non-Chri...
by andrewcriddle
Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Death by Burning, c.100-300 AD
Replies: 17
Views: 385

Re: Death by Burning, c.100-300 AD

I can't find any examples of a Christian government killing by burning a heretic before the year 1000 CE. (I am excluding death by burning for offences other than heresy and execution for heresy by means other than burning. ) After 1000 we have examples in East and West. Basil the Bogomil was burnt ...
by andrewcriddle
Sat Aug 06, 2022 3:16 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Plato’s Timaeus and the Biblical Creation Accounts [Gmirkin]
Replies: 72
Views: 7958

Re: Plato’s Timaeus and the Biblical Creation Accounts [Gmirkin]

I ask for evidence that supports your assertions and you say you will not give it because I would not be convinced by any of it --- presumably you do not think any other readers here will be convinced by it either. I think a reasonable conclusion is that you cannot supply the evidence for the benef...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: better critiques of mythicism than by Tim O'Neill
Replies: 131
Views: 2937

Re: better critiques of mythicism than by Tim O'Neill

I hadn't heard that they were smuggled out. Did the Eastern Roman empire consider their ancient pagan Greek writings so important that they wanted to keep them from outsiders? That sounds interesting if true. Do you have any resources discussing this? By the euphemism "smuggled out" I mea...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Jul 29, 2022 2:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: better critiques of mythicism than by Tim O'Neill
Replies: 131
Views: 2937

Re: better critiques of mythicism than by Tim O'Neill

c/ Greek thought in the 2nd and 3rd century was moving away from empirical science and towards mysticism and authoritative religious traditions such as the pseudo-Chaldaean oracles. Andrew, in your view, was the movement in the 2nd and 3rd C CE due to the influence of Neoplatonism ideas becoming wi...
by andrewcriddle
Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:44 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: better critiques of mythicism than by Tim O'Neill
Replies: 131
Views: 2937

Re: better critiques of mythicism than by Tim O'Neill

This is moving off topic but. a/ The move of the Roman Empire into a drastically more authoritarian form is the work of Diocletian and his immediate predecessors. The Christian Emperors continued this authoritarian framework. b/ This may have been an inevitable/necessary response to the near collaps...
by andrewcriddle
Thu Jul 28, 2022 7:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On the different people's reactions before the Paul's belief that only demons crucified Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:8)
Replies: 28
Views: 1740

Re: On the different people's reactions before the Paul's belief that only demons crucified Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:8)

Odd to think of the archons doing the crucifixion themselves in either gLuke I go to memory, but I remember that Josephus refers about priests-stonemasons used by Herod for extension works of the Temple. Hence, if the priests could stoop to do menial jobs in the real History then even more they cou...
by andrewcriddle
Tue Jul 26, 2022 10:05 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Origewn Josephus and James
Replies: 1
Views: 279

Origewn Josephus and James

This thread is a response to issues raised in the recent thread on the authenticity of the Josephus reference to James the brother of Jesus called Christ, but I thought (optimistically ?) that it deserved its own thread. Origen says in book 1 of Contra Celsus I would like to say to Celsus, who repre...
by andrewcriddle
Sat Jul 23, 2022 1:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Ganging up On Josephus James Ganghymn Style. The Argument Against Josephus James.
Replies: 10
Views: 2255

Re: Ganging up On Josephus James Ganghymn Style. The Argument Against Josephus James.

My issue here is that although IMO 'who was called Christ" is a plausible Eusebian identifying gloss an original Josephan text 'James the brother of Jesus [unidentified]' is unlikely. Whereas 'the brother of Jesus who was called Christ'' is (again IMO) a rather drastic identifying gloss for Eu...