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"One Side Can Be Wrong"

Uh, both sides could wrong. And would somebody crank up the color, cuz this black & white nonsense gives me a headache.

On: “Rook Hawkins on the Existence of Nazareth.”

Just to expand briefly on the point of Jesus being one of the dregs of society and being a commoner among commoners who spoke Aramaic instead of Greek like the elites. One interesting issue with the Bible is its use of “thou” to establish informality and personal sociability with God in scripture. Though often capitalized, the use of the word was usually reserved for God while “you” was reserved for other instances. In modern times “thou” is mistakenly thought as a word to signify formal respect and reverence but this could be further from the truth. Thou is actually the complete opposite. It is like the equivalent Spanish word “tú” which denotes familiarity rather than you or its Spanish equivalent “usted” which signifies formality. The reason for using thou in the Bible to refer to God in this way was to level the reader to the deity. By having a closer relationship fostered, this in any religion produces more feelings of connection and empathy. Apollonius of Tyana was also a similar messiah whose background immensely mirrored that of Jesus and was a rival in around the same time as he. The only problem with Apollonius was that he was revered and worshiped by intellectuals, nobles, and mostly the educated upper classes. Ironically enough, Apollonius taught to respect the other gods of the Roman Empire, something Jesus—and most definitely Yahweh—did not.

Erick - What you posted reminds me of the following excerpt from Voltaire's "The Religion of the Quakers"

“Confess,” said he, “that it was very difficult for thee to refrain from laughing, when I answered all thy compliments without uncovering my head, and at the same time spoke to thee only with ‘thee’ and ‘thou.’ However, thou appearest to me too well read not to know, that, in Christ’s time, no nation was so ridiculous as to use the plural for the singular. [] It was not till long after his time that men took the ridiculous notion of having themselves called ‘you’, instead of ‘thou’, as if they were double...

I've not come across that before, thank you Jo Ann!

Oh, get a room, already! :p

Who are you talking to?

On: The bees knees.

For those that don't know there is something called Colony Collapse Disorder. Honey bees around the world are decreasing in numbers drastically. Not only that but we don't precisely know what is causing this. Why should you care? I'll let this article explain:

Bees -- and Our Diet -- on the Brink

BELTSVILLE, Md. -- Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.

Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have.

Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons.



Why this isn't making headline news bewilders me.

Why this isn't making headline news bewilders me.

Makes sense to me. Mainstream "headline news" is for entertainment and propaganda. Not real problems.

Speaking of which, did you see what Paris Hilton wore to court today? Can you say 'eww?'



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