Reviewed by Robert M. Price This lively and interesting volume briefly claimed public notice through recent news reports of a lawsuit Luigi Cascioli brought against the Roman Catholic Church actually, a local priest, as synecdoche for the whole Church , accusing them of perpetrating fraud. Cascioli took Catholicism to task for imposture in their use of a mythical figure, one Jesus Christ, to support their claims, bamboozling the faithful with a theological boogeyman who had never really existed. The case did not seem to Italian courts to possess much merit, but a European Union Humanities court announced they would consider whether or not to take the case. I do not know where things stand at the time of this writing. I can only say that the case appears to me to be frivolous, in that, even if one could prove as Mr.
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If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Enrico Righi, an Italian priest has been ordered to prove in court that Jesus actually existed. What millions and millions of people, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, agnostic, and atheist take for granted, Father Righi and his legal team now have to prove to the satisfaction of a court.
Apparently not. The case reminds me of some of the silly cases that people have brought against God. What did the plaintiff want in the case? He wanted God to return his youth and guitar playing skills. God even gets blamed for all the bad stuff in the fine print of insurance policies.
Every once in a while I read my homeowners policy for a bit of amusement. Included in those acts are pestilence, plague, hurricanes, meteorites falling from outer space, forest fires, and so forth.
The current case, though, has taken a creative turn. An adherent of Jesus is being prosecuted for simply claiming He exists. I wonder how the lawyers are going to approach this. Are the prosecutors going to demand a birth certificate? The tomb is empty! Years ago Nancy and I went to Paris.
One of the day trips we took was to Les Invalides. There, entombed in splendor, lies Napoleon. But there was something else that I thought of that day. People universally accept the fact that he existed because they can read about what he said and did and see the impact he had on the world.
While Napoleon might be considered a great man, the impact he had on humanity pales in comparison to the impact Jesus had, and continues to have today.
In those terms, there is far more evidence that Jesus existed than there is for the existence of Napoleon. I think about myself. I know I exist. But two thousand years from now there is going to be far less evidence that I ever passed this way than there is for Napoleon or Jesus. My gravestone will have been eroded by time. My birth certificate will have been cast into some Massachusetts catacomb, never more to be seen. I will not be revered as either a great thinker or conqueror.
I will not have left great ideas or great sermons like the Sermon on the Mount. But, I am confident that two thousand years from now, if the world as we know it still exists, Jesus will still be revered and worshipped.
If not true, they are little else than the pretensions of a bold imposture, which, not satisfied with having already enslaved millions of the human race, seeks to continue its encroachments upon human liberty, until all nations shall be subjugated under its iron rule. But if they are well-founded and just, they can be no less than the high requirements of heaven, addressed by the voice of God to the reason and understanding of man, concerning things deeply affecting his relations to his sovereign, and essential to the formation of his character and course to his destiny, both for this life and for the life to come.
They are strikingly adapted to the capacity of mankind, and yet are delivered with a simplicity and majesty wholly divine. He spake as never man spake. He spake with authority, yet addressed himself to the reason and understanding of men; and he spake with wisdom, which men could neither deny nor resist…He is represented in every variety of situation in life, from the height of worldly grandeur, amid the acclamations of an admiring multitude, to the deepest abyss of human degradation and woe, apparently deserted by God and man.
Yet everywhere he is the same, displaying a character of unearthly perfection, symmetrical in all its proportions, and encircled with splendor more than human. I know Napoleon existed. And, at the core of my life, I know that Jesus existed two thousand years ago and now sits enthroned in heaven. Luigi Cascioli, the Italian atheist, would do well to follow my lead in this regard. Posted by.
Cascioli ne pubblica le foto nella sua Lettera aperta al Vaticano. Giuda il Galileo fu inoltre il fondatore della setta zelota. Inoltre vengono rilevate molte incongruenze tra le date e i luoghi. Le tesi del Cascioli sulla non-esistenza di Nazaret sono state criticate dal biblista Silvio Barbaglia nel suo libro La favola di Cascioli pag. Giovanni di Gamala e i ribelli zeloti[ modifica modifica wikitesto ] Lo stesso argomento in dettaglio: Giovanni di Gamala e Giuda il Galileo. Panorama delle rovine di Gamala, secondo Cascioli la vera Nazaret biblica.