Like I say, Rene, in consideration of the fact that I get bombarded on a daily basis by "lovebombs" from religious fanatics, it is easy to assume that one is being attacked.
I see no evidence that Oliver is a troll - is there another thread demonstrating such a contention?
His question was entirely legitimate: Origen's statement implies that, if Josephus didn't refer to Jesus as Christ, he did refer to a
Jesus of some sort or another - which one was it?
I believe my answer was adequate, although I'm sure that I could spend hours more studying the subject and writing reams.
I further maintain that we need to step back sometimes before assuming ill intent - believe me, I'm all too well trained in this exercise.
As concerns "doing your homework," well, my groups and forums have always existed in large part for the precise purpose of providing a place for people to ask such entirely legitimate questions. Another intention is to build community. I do not want to scare people off with barking! Now, if they come here and start attacking me personally, as we have seen in the past, with all manner of disrespect, calumny and vitriol, then they can expect trouble. But Oliver has not demonstrated anything of the kind. Let us not frighten off innocents who may genuinely be interested in the issues at hand.
I detest these other forums and lists where such behavior is the rule, rather than the exception. Demeaning someone's intelligence and chasing them away for asking questions - and not even stupid ones in this case. Oliver's question is of the type I encounter myself along the way when I am crafting an argument.
But even the stupid questions should be addressed without getting insulting and demeaning - unless, of course, they are meant as a personal attack. Then, Rene, you are welcome to do your stuff, as I certainly am not interested in engaging such characters.
I hadn't realized that this thread was over a year old!
Wondering why Mr. Bridger resuscitated it. But I'm glad he did, because, again, it's a legitimate question - and one I feel is important.
Why suffer from Egyptoparallelophobia, when you can read Christ in Egypt
? Try it - you'll like it: