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65,438. Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such contradictions and absurdities. (Blasphemy & New Testament) Thomas Paine
4,802. The followers of Christ were told they were living in the end of days. (Woman & End of the World & Apocalypse & New Testament) Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women II: Handmaids of the Gods, BBC 2012
4,803. Paul was wrong about the Apocalypse: the world didn’t end. (Woman & End of the World & Apocalypse & New Testament) ibid.
11,821. Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence whatsoever. (Bible & Old Testament & New Testament & Christianity & Evidence) Sam Harris
11,822. It is time we admitted, from kings and presidents on down, that there is no evidence that any of our books was authored by the Creator of the universe. The Bible, it seems certain, was the work of sand-strewn men and women who thought the earth was flat and for whom a wheelbarrow would have been a breathtaking example of emerging technology. To rely on such a document as the basis for our worldview – however heroic the efforts of redactors – is to repudiate two thousand years of civilizing insights that the human mind has only just begun to inscribe upon itself through secular politics and scientific culture. We will see that the greatest problem confronting civilization is not merely religious extremism: rather, it is the larger set of cultural and intellectual accommodations we have made to faith itself. (Bible & Old Testament & New Testament & Faith) Sam Harris
12,396. The Book of Thomas does give us a Jesus who seems less apocalyptic ... More a gentle teacher of wisdom. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Apocrypha) Mysteries of the Bible s1e2: Jesus in Galilee
12,397. Sepphoris: why do the Gospels make no mention of the business metropolis? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Gospels) ibid.
12,392. The Christmas story remains an unsolvable enigma. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Christmas) Mysteries of the Bible s1e6: Jesus: Holy Child
12,393. [In] Luke’s account there is no star shining in the heavens and there is no wise men. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Luke) ibid.
12,394. Mythology’s list of virgin births is impressive. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Virgin & Mythology) ibid.
12,395. For the first three hundred years after Jesus lived and died December 25th was not Christmas. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Christmas) ibid.
11,993. Of the 1,426 names in the Hebrew Bible only 111 are those of women. The New Testament offers but a few more. (Bible & Old Testament & New Testament & Women) Mysteries of the Bible s1e9: Scarlet Women
57,530. In modern times millions await signs that the Apocalypse is at hand. And some have followed its prophecies to the tragic ends. Why was the Book of Revelation written? (Revelation & Bible & New Testament & Apocalypse) Mysteries of the Bible s2e3: Apocalypse – The Puzzle of Revelation
57,531. Is mankind destined for an apocalyptic confrontation? (Revelation & Bible & New Testament & Apocalypse) ibid.
57,532. Those who died at Waco believed in the Apocalypse. (Revelation & Bible & New Testament & Apocalypse) ibid.
57,548. While the Four Horsemen ravish humanity, a devastating earthquake rocks the Earth: the sun turns black, the moon turns to blood, and the stars fall from the sky. Seven angels blow seven trumpets and a third of humanity perishes. (Armageddon & Apocalypse & End of the World & Revelation & Old Testament & Bible) ibid.
12,410. No written account by an eye-witness exists of the unique life and death of the young preacher from Galilee. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament) Mysteries of the Bible s2e7: The Execution of Jesus
12,411. He ruled over Judea when Jesus was born. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Judea & Herod) Mysteries of the Bible s3e2: Herod the Great
12,412. Nearly everything we know of Herod’s life comes from a Jewish historian named Josephus who lived a century after Herod’s death. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Judea & Herod) ibid.
12,413. What mad drive for power could bring a King to kill his own kin? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Judea & Herod) ibid.
12,414. He continues to build as if driven by an obsession. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Judea & Herod) ibid.
12,415. The Slaughter of the Innocents – even Josephus ... makes no mention of this crime. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Judea & Herod) ibid.
11,924. No original manuscripts of the Four Gospels have been found. (Bible & New Testament & Manuscript & Gospels) Mysteries of the Bible s3e7&8: Who Wrote the Bible?
11,925. Matthew and Luke may have copied the work of Mark. (Bible & New Testament & Gospels & Matthew & Mark & Luke) ibid.
11,926. No material evidence for the existence of the hypothetical Q Gospel has even been found though its influence is unmistakable. (Bible & New Testament & Gospels) ibid.
12,442. According to most scholars the Gospels as presented in the New Testament are not first-hand eye-witness accounts. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Gospels) Mysteries of the Bible s3e10: The Lost Years of Jesus
12,443. Could Jesus have travelled to India and encountered the teachings of Buddha? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & India & Buddha) ibid.
12,444. Some scholars find striking similarities between Jesus and Buddha. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & India & Buddha) ibid.
12,445. In 1887 Notovitch, a Russian journalist, travelled to Hemis, an isolated Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayan mountains of northern India. In his book The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ Notovitch claims that there he was shown secret manuscripts which detailed the life of a wandering prophet named Esa. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & India & Buddha) ibid.
12,446. Did Jesus travel to England? And does the cup from the last supper – the Holy Grail – hold the key which could unlock the secrets of his missing years? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & England & Holy Grail) ibid.
12,447. Did Jesus spend his lost years in the wilderness with a fanatically religious apocalyptic sect? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament) ibid.
12,448. If Jesus were involved in revolution, this could explain why a gap exists in our knowledge of his life. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Revolution) ibid.
11,954. The New Testament makes no mention of angels being present at the manger or the birth of Jesus. (Bible & Angels & Anunnaki & Nephilim & New Testament & Jesus) Mysteries of the Bible s4e3: Biblical Angels
12,406. Were women present too? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament) Mysteries of the Bible s4e4: The Last Supper
12,407. Why did Jesus deliberately affront the most powerful authorities in the land? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament) ibid.
12,408. The motives for Judas’s betrayal have long baffled historians. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Betrayal & Judas) ibid.
58,433. Was Paul’s new vision of Christ influenced by secret pagan cults? Why is the Bible silent about Paul’s final years? (Paul & New Testament & Bible) Mysteries of the Bible s4e8: Paul the Apostle
58,434. Were they as most scholars believe invented by an unknown author centuries after Paul’s death? (Paul & New Testament & Bible) ibid.
12,398. A fourteen-year-old Jewish peasant girl, a virgin named Mary, is said to have miraculously given birth to the saviour of her people. There is scant evidence of Mary’s remarkable life. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary) Mysteries of the Bible s4e10: Mary of Nazareth
12,399. According to the Infancy Gospel [of James] Mary’s conception in her mother’s womb is physically ordinary. But God makes a special provision: Mary will be born without ordinary sin. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary & Sin) ibid.
12,400. Instead of being overwhelmed by the stunning impact of Gabriel’s words, that she would bear the Son of God out of wedlock, Mary responds to this momentous prediction with a single telling question: How can this be? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary & Angel) ibid.
12,401. Once more an angel intervenes on Mary’s behalf: this night he speaks to Joseph in a dream. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary & Angel) ibid.
12,402. Was Jesus born in Bethlehem or in Nazareth? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary) ibid.
12,403. Historians have never found a shred of evidence that a Roman census was conducted precisely at the time the Christian Bible records Jesus’ birth. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary) ibid.
12,404. Is it possible that Mary and Joseph were never married at all? (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary) ibid.
12,405. Mysteriously, the Christian Bible provides no details whatsoever about her days spent in Egypt with her husband and the infant Jesus. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Mary) ibid.