Atheist Commentary or Polemic on the Gospels (for TGBaker and ApostateAbe)
i thought this was a good idea:
We seem to have similar backgrounds or research. Perhaps we can build a good atheistic commentary or polemic on the gospels in this section..
i thought i'd be forward and start a topic for it. if you're gonna do this, i'd like to weigh in as well when appropriate, even though i'm only a lowly BA and i mostly lost interest in NT studies my senior year and focused instead on judaism and medieval rhenish mysticism. i've sort of continued my education on my own (i was accepted into yale divinity but passed on it in order to stay in europe and get married--now i have a kid on the way and, well, it doesn't look like i'll continue anytime soon), but again, focusing mostly on judaism, particularly late medieval kabbalah (isaac luria and moses cordovero), sabbatianism, and hasidism.
i'm particularly interested in putting the gospels into a jewish millennial context, in particular the gospel of mark.
i've had the opportunity to see christianity fr9om several angles, since i studied with a very liberal (by orthodox standards) department that taught higher criticism, then immediately went to work with campus crusade for christ. boy, that was fun. i was so irritated that, despite having at least one degree in religion (the same number as "dr." bill bright, if i'm not mistaken), i was required to go through their "institute of biblical studies" bullshit. you know you're taking a quality course when the professor illustrates his points with cartoons on powerpoint.
"I have never felt comfortable around people who talk about their feelings for Jesus, or any other deity for that matter, because they are usually none too bright. . . . Or maybe 'stupid' is a better way of saying it; but I have never seen much point in getting heavy with either stupid people or Jesus freaks, just as long as they don't bother me. In a world as weird and cruel as this one we have made for ourselves, I figure anybody who can find peace and personal happiness without ripping off somebody else deserves to be left alone. They will not inherit the earth, but then neither will I. . . . And I have learned to live, as it were, with the idea that I will never find peace and happiness, either. But as long as I know there's a pretty good chance I can get my hands on either one of them every once in a while, I do the best I can between high spots."
--Hunter S. Thompson