On the historicity of Jesus, and the resurrection, a friend of mine in the States.. a very clever guy in my opinion, has made a very thought provoking series of video's entitled "Excavating the empty tomb", his youtube name is TruthSurge, well worth checking out.
I'd be quite interested to get some feedback on his work. Sorry I haven't included a link, but if you go to Youtube and type in "Excavating the Empty tomb" by TruthSurge you should easily find his video's. They are not incoherant ramblings and babblings, ( like so many video's on Youtube) but well made, well narrated, nicely edited pieces that he has made. Certainly food for thought for anyone seeking truth. IMHO.
Anthony, I'm not sure where you are going with this. It's almost as if you are saying that by choosing to live life as though Jesus is Lord gives you a distinct advantage over someone who does not. (maybe I'm reading between the lines and I've got it wrong). I regard myself as an atheist ( although I'm happy to be called an agnostic, a secular humanist, whatever, it's no big deal for me, .. I simply lack belief in a supernatural entity.. god, call it what you will ). Moreover, given that I do live my life without Jesus, it in no way makes my life any less fulfilling. I've no doubt you find tremendous comfort and strength through your Christianity. Similarly, I find those exact positives in my life through atheism/agnosticism, I experience incredible senses of joy and wonder in my life on a daily basis. I've no doubt both you and I Anthony live our lives as best we can, helping others, giving to charity, generally doing our best in life for our fellow man. I don't think either of us can claim that we have the upper edge on eachother, I certainly wouldn't claim that. How can you quantify the happiness and contentment of one persons life over another?. I can only speak for myself regarding my non belief in God, It's improved my life a 100 fold, and It's given me a greater understanding of my place in the Universe, and a wonderful quest for more knowledge about our past and our future.
I'm sorry if I've misunderstood your comments, but I don't think there is this big issue between atheism and agnosticism, I'm happy to be labelled an agnostic atheist. In a nutshell, .. regarding God, .. I don't know, ..and I don't think so. For me, the evidence is lacking. .. but if I find any credible evidence, I'll happily change my mind.
I agree Simon, .. every single person on the planet is unique in their own way. Even within a given religion people have differing nuances. No two people think exactly alike. I think for millions of people on this planet they have far more pressing issues just trying to survive within their own environment, deep issues regarding god are given only fleeting thoughts when you don't know where your next meal is coming from. I would imagine these people know little about philosophical arguments. I agree with Exchemists comments aswell.
And may I say how well Simon writes for a little boy with an eye patch, .. I'm very impressed.
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