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Old 11.04.2018, 12:24
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Which ones - out of genuine interest ?

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Many Baptist and other Free Churches teach that James was the physical brother of Jesus. I have seen bibles in which the introduction to the Letters of James had a footnote explaining he was actually the younger brother of Jesus.

It would seem to be a modern thing though. I've never heard of any of the older theological sources trying to make such a point.
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The vitriol and personal insults that kriss and others receive - just for putting forward their point of view and even from mods makes a mockery of this forum's rules.
I'm all for allowing points of view, but the posts that generate bullish responses are far from just doing that - rather they are designed just to get said reaction. Nowhere will you find a post that says 'I think that...' being pilloried, but those that make bold inflammatory statements will be pulled apart and their inaccuracies pointed out. Welcome to the Internet.

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Either the forum has rules which it applies fairly and to all or it does not.
Yupp, and personal attacks are not tolerated. Pointing out fallacies in individuals' posts is not the same thing as attacking the individuals themselves.
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Old 11.04.2018, 12:29
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Nowhere will you find a post that says 'I think that...' being pilloried,
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Old 11.04.2018, 12:30
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Re: All about Muslims (in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe)

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You grope around for anything you can find to demonstrate that Muslims are undesirable, then every time your example is shown to be wrong, you wriggle around until you can find another one, and so it goes on. And in nearly every case your example is nothing to do with the religion, but simply a result of cultural and economic factors.

What is it that really scares you so much about Islam? Could it be that it's nothing to so with the religion at all, but is simply good ole-fashioned racism?
Oh good explain the above.
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Old 11.04.2018, 13:01
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Either the forum has rules which it applies fairly and to all or it does not. I happen to live in Switzerland and love being here for the additional freedoms it allows over other countries - but I accept that this forum is dominated by people who believe in Corbynite type censorship.
It's better not to take many things here very seriously...

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Re: All about Muslims (in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe)

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I think your question is just not as simple as you think.

Do we consider values of secular muslims too or just those who describe themselves as believers? If the secular muslims don't count, do we take them into account when we determine who has the majority?

What are islamic values? The Scharia? Or the qurans many interpretations by various groups?

I guess if you want an answer you need to be more precise...

The same with "christian" values. Who defines them? The Pope? The bible? Jehovas witnesses? The bible belt? My dad? ...Are my values christian just because I'm baptised?
Agreed, the question was perhaps too simplified, and obviously 'Islamic values' will vary from person to person the same way as 'European values' or 'Christian values' would.

Who defines values? I would say the people as a majority define values, in the same way as culture - but again, there will always be differences, as described above.

But there are some values/culture that I think the vast majority do believe in which are at odds with the current values/culture, and I don't see them changing anytime soon (if ever) hence the simplified question.
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Old 11.04.2018, 13:34
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But there are some values/culture that I think the vast majority do believe in which are at odds with the current values/culture, and I don't see them changing anytime soon (if ever) hence the simplified question.
Why don't you discuss these issues with historians, sociologists, theologians etc.? I am sure there are many seminars or really good debates on these themes. Just a suggestion, of course. I'm not sure what are you expecting from a public forum. Lots of people share their anxieties here but don't think that's very useful.
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Old 11.04.2018, 13:42
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Source ? 12 female apostles ?
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Mar 31, 2018 - Jesus Christ may have had as many female disciples as male followers, academics have said, pointing to evidence that women bankrolled his preaching and were venerated by early Christians.In Jesus's Female Disciples: The New Evidence, a documentary to be broadcast on Channel 4 a week tomorrow,
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/h...omen-66dtwhdmw (Behind a paywall but you can bypass by searching in Google)

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/j...e-new-evidence - Wasn't impressed by the presenters at all, but the people they interviewed along the way were very interesting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-revealed.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...fine-for-jesus

https://www.enterthebible.org/Contro...&original_id=4
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Old 11.04.2018, 13:51
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/h...omen-66dtwhdmw (Behind a paywall but you can bypass by searching in Google)

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/j...e-new-evidence - Wasn't impressed by the presenters at all, but the people they interviewed along the way were very interesting.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-revealed.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...fine-for-jesus

https://www.enterthebible.org/Contro...&original_id=4
Thanks for that - but the word "may" appears in the quote of Prof. Bond - it's just speculation - and certainly there is nothing about "12 female apostles" being mentioned in the gospel of Luke you quote - in it they appear as companions and supporters. I guess one can argue semantics but still I don't see supporting evidence for "12 female apostles" there.
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Old 11.04.2018, 13:51
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It would seem to be a modern thing though. I've never heard of any of the older theological sources trying to make such a point.
My school R.E. teacher, always taught that James was either the brother, half-brother or cousin of Jesus, and that the jury was out on the matter.
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Thanks for that - but the word "may" appears in the quote of Prof. Bond - it's just speculation - and certainly there is nothing about "12 female apostles" being mentioned in the gospel of Luke you quote - in it they appear as companions and supporters. I guess one can argue semantics but still I don't see supporting evidence for "12 female apostles" there.
You're trying to be factually and academically correct in a matter of religion and feminism which are both by definition anything but factual Just leave it as it is...
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I guess one can argue semantics but still I don't see supporting evidence for "12 female apostles" there.
You'd have to watch the programme to make your own judgement. It's worth the effort for the clip in the cave shrine to 'Bishop' Salome, and how women only took the veil in the 4th century.

My interest is purely from a historical aspect. I was raised Roman Catholic and attended R.C. schools, but I'm not religious. I see Jesus as a political activist figure who was possibly / probably the rightful heir of the Royal House of David living under a hostile Roman occupation.
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You're trying to be factually and academically correct in a matter of religion and feminism which are both by definition anything but factual Just leave it as it is...
Nope - the gospels are physical documents - ergo if something is or is not in there it should not be up for debate.

I've had 12 years of religious education followed by over 20 years of philosophical study and never came across any such claim. I'm no longer a Catholic per se btw but according to their doctrines them's some pretty outrageous claims to make i.e. "12 female apostles referenced in gospels".
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Nope - the gospels are physical documents - ergo if something is or is not in there it should not be up for debate.
Nothing stops anyone from writing a piece of bullshit and burying it around a lake for posterity to scratch their heads. For all I care, it was a bunch of practical jokers who had a few bottles of good wine and had some good time coming up with the most absurd story ever.
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Nope - the gospels are physical documents - ergo if something is or is not in there it should not be up for debate.
It's all about the varying translations that have been made through history, so there's very little that can be accepted as 100% accurate, which is why the scholars use terms like 'may', rather than committing to a specific version and staking their reputation on it.
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...but according to their doctrines them's some pretty outrageous claims to make i.e. "12 female apostles referenced in gospels".
Which is precisely why I wasn't impressed by the presenters of the Channel 4 programme. For me, they were lightweight and loose in their narrative. However, I was impressed by one of the museum curators they interviewed towards the end of the programme. She made a good case for how one of the 4th century Popes and Emperor Constantine (him again!) effectively 'wrote out' the female bishops and disciples from the teachings of the church. We only have glimpses of them in Luke 8:2–3 and Luke 24:10 but there is physical evidence that Salome, at least, was revered as a bishop until the 4th century.
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She made a good case for how one of the 4th century Popes and Emperor Constantine (him again!) effectively 'wrote out' the female bishops and disciples from the teachings of the church.
She made a good case?! She was there?
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So, what you're saying is, women can be religious nutters too!

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Why don't you discuss these issues with historians, sociologists, theologians etc.? I am sure there are many seminars or really good debates on these themes. Just a suggestion, of course. I'm not sure what are you expecting from a public forum. Lots of people share their anxieties here but don't think that's very useful.
I had the impression that was preisely what Kriss Kross was attempting, but that other came in and derailed that discussion and drowned it out, somewhow implying that it's not Ok to discuss stuff like that.

But yeah, such are the joys of the Internet.
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