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  1. MarkT

    Joe Atwill Takes on Covert Culture Shapers |354|

    @Alex If Jay Dyer won't do a follow-up, I'd take the challenge, given enough time to gather more resources.
  2. MarkT

    Joe Atwill Takes on Covert Culture Shapers |354|

    You missed my whole point. Why do you say the writings of Josephus show up in the Bible instead of saying that the Bible shows up in the writings of Josephus? Do you even have a reason? What if the Bible texts were edited later, as opposed to fabricated? Why take this particular stance as if...
  3. MarkT

    Joe Atwill Takes on Covert Culture Shapers |354|

    Part of the argument here is that Jesus predicts the coming of the Son of Man which is the Roman Caesar. There's a big problem with this, because Jesus claims to be the Son of Man, and speaks of the Son of Man coming in the past tense. For example, look at Mark 10:45, "The Son of Man came not to...
  4. MarkT

    Joe Atwill Takes on Covert Culture Shapers |354|

    I must disagree. Josephus might be pro-Roman, but not the Bible. I can't find anywhere in this interview, his interview with Gnostic Warrior () or in Caesar's Messiah where the bible is really discussed when promoting this idea. I can't deconstruct the whole thing, but I want to point out a few...
  5. MarkT

    Dr. Jerry Brown, Academic Rigor to Psychedelic Jesus Theory |351|

    I'll have to read his book for myself, but I'm still a bit skeptical. For example, he references the Gnostics a lot and how discovery of Gnostic writings shaped how we see Christianity. However, Gnosticism was written against in so many of the New Testament writings by different authors. Sort of...
  6. MarkT

    Leslie Kean, Investigative Journalist Tackles Survival After Death |342|

    I've only taken time to read half the comments posted so far, but I think I have something unique to contribute. I recently came across evidence from Bruce Greyson that memories of past lives maybe real memories, but not of a past life. In other words, I'm saying it's possible to have someone...
  7. MarkT

    We Need Your Help -- NDE Skepticism

    Finding stories of NDEs is really easy, but finding specifically evidence based NDEs (such as what is outlined by Gary Habermas' work) has been challenging for. Skeptics that I know, seen interviewed (Sam Harris and the like), and skeptics interviewed here on Skeptiko have claimed a lack of...