Your take: Comments on Jesus deniers
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April 8th, 2012
09:37 PM ET

Your take: Comments on Jesus deniers

Our story on a small cadre of authors challenging the existence of Jesus Christ drew almost 5,000 comments on Easter Sunday, with some upset that we did the story, others objecting to its publication on Easter, and plenty of others defending the article and the run date and debating the merits and implications of the debate.

Of course, most comments had nothing to do with our story, revolving instead around the debate about legitimacy of religion itself.

A sampling of the criticism:

Easter on CNN

You've gone too far.

While I am an advocate of spiritual exploration – by atheists to disprove or by the faithful to validate – running an article questioning the very core of a religious belief system on a holy day is indelicate, to say the least. Will you question that Muhammad received the word of God, running similar articles during Ramadan? Or on Yom Kippur, draw on conjecture to argue that the Book of Life is for fools?

This is not journalism. This sensationalist pander.


I would like to see if CNN would dare run a story saying that Muhammad was a "myth" on the Muslim' s holiest holidays and that Abraham was a "myth" on the Jewish holidays. Go ahead CNN and give it a try and see what happens.


Every Easter?...I mean why a negative story every Easter?? It has become a running joke.



Many other readers took aim at the critics:


To those who are insulted by this article,

If your faith is so weak that it cannot stand up to being looked at from an objective, historical, evidence based perspective, then this article is the least of your problems.


It is ironic that so many christians are "offended" at a dialogue about religion sponsored by CNN instead of greeting the opportunity to express their views. Perhaps they are shamed that we all know they are surfing the web when they should be worshipping on Easter Sunday.

Others weighed in on the merits and upshot of the debate over Jesus' existence:


I do not doubt that a man named Jesus existed, and that he probably did preach about God. But I believe he was no different than any cult leader today that preaches about their own religious beliefs and gains a small number of followers. The difference with Jesus is that Christianity was already more wide spread, and the general population was very uneducated and easily influenced by a great orator. Do I actually believe their is a God, and Jesus is his son? No. But I'm sure the man existed.


It is actually more reasonable than not to conclude that Jesus was an actual living person. Whether or not he was "the Christ" is the only worthwhile point of debate. Regardless, many of the teachings of Jesus are worthy of people to take to heart whether they are Christians or not. As an agnostic, I take those things that are wise from any and all religions, and leave behind those things that are destructive.


I don't care whether he really existed or not. It's his story that never happened, at least the son of god part and dieing and coming back to life stuff. What matters to Christians is that he is a support system that is able to take the blame for all the bad stuff in your life so that you can move past them and continue living.

I was thinking about it the other day, and I think Jesus really is a great thing, because it allows people to psychologically take pressure, grief or guilt and remove the effects of anxiety and pressure that those feelings create. On the flipside it possible allows someone to conjure up Love by themselves.

I think Jesus is a psychological whipping boy for all things that people don't have or can't (don't want to?) deal with. So I think atheists and non-Christians (heck, maybe Christians themselves) are missing the point about the importance of Jesus to some people.

The Twitter conversation over the article was mostly complimentary:


Interesting debate from CNN's site about whether or not Jesus was a real person: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/?hpt=hp_c1


CNN asks: Did Jesus exist? http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/the-jesus-debate-man-vs-myth/?hpt=hp_c2 Honestly, this is a topic I don't know much about. I'd like to learn more.


CNN interviews two Thoughtful Christian authors for this intriguing question–Craig A. Evans... http://fb.me/1idvhPxXD

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Easter • Jesus

soundoff (2,443 Responses)
  1. anthony stark

    If I die and God turns out to be real...I'm requesting a parent teacher conference

    April 10, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  2. James the Just

    It doesn't matter. Sensationalism supersedes decency.. We are witnessing the overthrowing of the saints, prophecy being fulfilled. http://www.yahwehyeshua.com

    April 10, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  3. Jess2fish

    There is more historical evidence that Jesus actually lived than there is that supports Alexander the Great died at age 33 or that Julius Cesar actually lived or that the Greek writer Homer authored the Iliad. One example is from Josephus, a Jewish historian (and not a follower of Christ as far as anyone knows) who wrote about Jesus in Antiquities of the Jews (18.63-64; 3.3). There are plenty of other historians that also record the life of Jesus. Unfortunately, there are too many liberals with too much power and too much time on their hands to present any type of unbiased studies on Jesus. If one is really interested in knowing whether or not Jesus was an actual historic figure, then perhaps REAL research into the subject should be made. Don’t depend on a liberal media perspective to form your opinions and beliefs. You’ll find their "facts" changes as frequently as the tides.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      You are just lying.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Every educated person nows and acknowledges that Josephus was a deliberate forgery written hundreds of years late to falsely bolster the "credibility" of christianity. Now you are committing and continuing that same fraud.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • John Q.

      lib·er·al   [lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl]
      1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
      2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
      3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
      4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
      5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

      Keep spouting what the talking heads tell you, because blind faith is your way.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Oh really?

      At nomdefaitour – Every educated person? Educated where? In government schools, liberal colleges and universities?
      Every wise and knowledgeable person does a thorough search for truth and eventually finds the Christ who died to save mankind from sin and folly. That's my view but I'm not here to argue, just to bear witness to the truth. One of us is right and one of us is wrong. I have nothing to lose if I'm wrong but what about you?

      April 10, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • JT

      @Really...if you were the slightest bit educated you would know about Pascal's Wager. Getting all your information from your pastor is not the same as getting an education.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  4. squeekbo

    I think one of the coolest things I read in a long time was the reinterpretation of the Garden of Eden story. Here, Eve was the mother of civilization and science (from Latin sciens, meaning knowledge – you know, from the tree). Without her, we would still be sitting naked in a forest, doing nothing, knowing nothing. Now, we're trying to learn and striving to better (or worsen) ourselves. You go girl!

    April 10, 2012 at 8:43 am |
  5. RodRoderick

    Nice twist CNN! I like it – you are actually reading these comments.
    To the faithless – can't we all just accept that there are people who believe differently than you do? Why must we continue to find differences to bash one another in a feeble attempt to make ourselves look better.
    To those with faith – be patient and of good cheer. God knows your heart. It may be your calling to bring others to your religion, but everyone must know when to wipe the dust from their feet. Do not sink to the level of heathens in an attempt to prove your faith.


    April 10, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • reason

      The problem is that faith is not innocent and issues like denying women their right to safe and legal abortion or denying equal rights to gays are examples of how it is harmful to others in society even when they want nothing to do with it. Forcing irrational superstitious beliefs on others is not innocent.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      We would be happy to accept that people believe differently when they are happy not to invoke their beliefs in to the public and learn to keep it to their homes and churches.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • captain america

      I'd be happy when foreign undermining atheists learn to keep there BS opinions in there own country. Take care of canada first eh. Whats that ? No real Canadian really wants to hear your BS either. There's your sign

      April 10, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  6. Jesse from KC

    I'd really rather have seen a story about how Easter is based on Peagan fertility rights. Eggs, rabbits, start of spring. Do people really not see it?

    Anyways. There were SEVERAL people named Jesus, it was a very common name. There were likely MANY people who were Jesus of Nazareth. There were likely even many people named Jesus that the Romans crucified.

    I love how one of the commentors talked about how Christianity was wide-spread when Christianity didn't pop up until well AFTER Christ died, because, ya know, the basis of Christianity is that Christ died for your sins. Hard to have that religion while he's still alive.

    You all can believe whatever fairy tale you want to, women made from the rib of man, whatever, but I'll stick to reality.


    April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  7. chuck

    Jesus had many great sayings and yes i firmly believe he was one of GODS greatest messengers!!! But he was a middle eastern man!! His miracles showed he deeply cared for people and the less fortunate!! He was no CAPITALIST nor did he trample upon the POOR or social programs. What i hate are CHRISTIANS who hide behind JESUS and look down on others!!! And yes there are many so called Christians who look down on Middle eastern people and who have branded the Jews as the Bad guys and the rest as terrorists!!! Arrogant Christians who see themselves as better than others !!

    April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Also

      There are plenty of non-Christians who do the same. What many unbelievers (and some believers) do not realize is that when one becomes a Christian they are not perfect; they have just begun a process of sanctification. It starts with faith in Christ. Yes, there are many arrogant Christians who have yet to realize they are still sinners in the process of being cleansed. Yet, they have taken the necessary first step.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  8. Bible Clown©

    Useless to debate this; the insecure christians want to burn you at the stake for questioning their silly myth, all the time sneering at you for believing in telephones and computers and peanuts which of course aren't in the bible. Don't question Jesus, you'll hurt their feelings, but of course they can call you any old lying thing in Jesus' name amen. I had 'believers' tell me I was 'angry' with God, 'denying' God, or that I had no morals and spent my life cheating orphans out of pennies; I'm sure God was impressed by the fervor of these lies and is planning to give the liars an extra-large halo when they get to Cloud Cuckoo Land. Watching believers put words in God's mouth gives me a pretty good idea of how they made Him up in the first place, and it amazes me that they can't see themselves doing it.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • closet atheist

      @ Bible Clown ~~ Disappointed you didn't get any responses. That was pretty funny and painfully true.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  9. GeraldJ

    martog: You my friend had hit the nail on the head! Knowledge is power*
    and I respect everybody’s opinion on this controversial "issue" and expect the same in return*

    April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  10. holly

    CNN sucks. Every week there is some POINTLESS BS article against Christianity. CNN has finally lost this viewer, and I will get the word out NOT to use CNN as a "news source". Much better out there...

    April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • Sybaris

      but you would likely have no problem with CNN carrying frequent anti-(insert non-christian religion) stories.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Right, go to FOX where they kiss up to you. We will certainly miss you for an hour or so.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • JoJo

      Ratings were down. That's why they pushed and instigated the racial BS in the Martin/Zimmerman story.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • sick of republican phonies

      So long! Don't let the door hit your a** on the way out!

      April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  11. reason

    The gods of all organized religions, if true, would all be horribly unjust and evil deities to send billions of people to eternal suffering for choosing the wrong one or being born in the wrong place. Looking at organized religion objectively, they are myths from iron age societies that were trying to explain the world, and there is virtually no chance any one is truth.

    Rationally speaking if there is a just god and an afterlife, you will be judged on how you live your life. Rejecting reason and deluding yourself in blind faith does not help your case.


    April 10, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Pulch18

      There is no such thing as religion...You are being deceived..In this world there are The Kingdom of God and the kingdom of satan..2 spirits.. The Spirit of God and Satan..Do not think that it's all about religions..Satan is deceiving you.. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to save mankind from destruction and to bring everlasting righteousness...Satan brought all these religions to confuse mankind..Buddhism, Islam, etc...are just satan trying to confuse and deceive mankind...The world you see is not what you see..the world you see is not more real that the spiritual world you don't see with your physical eyes....Give your life to Jesus and ask him to help you in your walk as His...because this world is about to end ..Do not harden your heart.....Jesus is coming soon....He is the only one who gave his life so that you can life forever....

      April 10, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • reason

      Christianity is a religion. You are religious.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Mark C

      God is not unjust. Man is unjust and God has given man the ability to choose. Man chooses what he wants to believe and not believe and what he wants to follow even though the evidence and proof is in front of each person. How much simpler and fair can God be where it takes only one belief in Christ to make it into His kingdom.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • your god is irreducibly complex

      Mark, there is not even one tiny spec of proof. If there was "evidence and proof in front of each person", this wouldn't be an issue.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  12. Satan occupies CNN

    cnn serves satan

    April 10, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Satan is under your bed eating a twinkie.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • sick of republican phonies

      That's because I hear he's a big tipper.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  13. Whatever

    People can do a s they please, but know that:

    April 10, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Osama

      What about natural resources?

      April 10, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Marshall

      Not even remotely true, but many like to spread that lie.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Mr Lee

      Politics covers the rest.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Mark C

      Man's hate has caused every war.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Has there EVER been a war where it was not averred "God is on our side"? Religion has been a major factor in not just war, but in repeated pogroms and genocides throughout history.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • squeekbo

      People will still go to war if religion is totally abolished.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      How about The War of Jenkins' Ear?

      April 10, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • timsaxm

      ....and women!

      April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Mark C

      Nomdef- If you are trying to win a fight one way to do so is infiltrate and make that system look bad. One cannot truely believe that an individual cult or person represent the entire core belief system and foundation. Terriorst make Muslims look bad even though their faith is peaceful and not extreme like the terriorists make it out to be. You get groups of folks that hide behind these organizations using them as shields to benefit theirselves. Satan has waged war well against God and unfortunately there are many folks who have chosen against God because of Satan's ability to infiltrate and make religion look bad.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • tcat117

      list of wars and their causes
      revolutionary war: didn't want to pay taxes, didn't want to give Britain timber and tobacco
      war of 1812: British try to retake colonies (for timber and tobacco)
      Civil war: war over states right to secede, plus north didn't want to appear weak in case a European power attempted another invasion.
      Spanish american war: US land grab against Spain
      world war 1: Histories biggest border dispute sparked by assassination of kaiser
      world war 2: German land grab, allied reprisal.
      korean war: US government trying to halt a chinese sponsored coup in an allied country.
      viet nam: proxy wear to drain money from china and russia who were supporting viet cong at the time
      iraq war 1991: oil
      Iraq war 2001: oil
      afghan war: reprisal for 9/11
      Basically this is a real snide and catty way of pointing out that basically nobody has fought a religious war since the crusades almost a thousand years ago. Even then the crusades were more about securing new trade routes with religion just being a handy way to recruit armies quickly. If you read any history at all just about the only thing people go to war for is resources of one form or another.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:56 am |
  14. Mark C

    One day every knee will bow before God. You will all have your opportunity to discuss YOUR BELIEF with him. Satan's greatest lie is Christ does not exist.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Satan occupies CNN
      April 10, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Again with the treats. No christian can ever discuss the beliefs without threatening you on behalf of their god.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:25 am |

      not very smart are you?

      April 10, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Oops. Threats , not treats!

      April 10, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • db

      Actually, Satan's greatest lie is that Satan doesn't exist. But, who's counting, right?

      April 10, 2012 at 8:33 am |
    • Mark C

      It's not a threat. God gave man a great but destructive gift.....free will. No one forces you to believe or not believe. You choose. However it sounds like you are on the fence since my simple statement triggered an emotion.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Galgamoth

      Uhm, Satan doesn't exist either. Atheists don't believe in God and Satan

      April 10, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Rbnlegnd101

      One way to feel like a winner is to make friends with the bully, and encourage him to bully someone else. God will punish them, and reward me.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      It didn't trigger an emotion, it triggered an observation that christians threaten any person who does not share their beliefs with the punishment of their god; of course lots of time it's a much more direct, "You are going to burn in hellfire!" I wonder how your god will deal with these people who thought to usurp his authority and speak o his behalf as if you have the slightest inkling in how he really judges people? Makes you sweat a little bit, don't it?

      April 10, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "Satan's greatest lie is Christ does not exist." I thought it was "Mitt Romney would make a good president?"

      April 10, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Mark C

      I am not sweating at all. Not one word of my statement was a threat. It was a simple statement that we all will kneel before him and be judged and can explain anything we want to at that time. I did not say you were going to hell. I did not say you will be killed or mamed. We all have a choice which is a great gift from God. I do not judge anyone as that is God's job.....I have my own life to worry about...

      April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Godfrey Leggett

      Not my knee, I am a rational critical thinking person. This is the problem with so much of America. No critical thinking. If you actually took a moment to examine the truth behind christianity, you would find that the only written mention of jesus from his time is by Josephus, a roman historian. Even Josephus mention of jesus is a second had referance of the prevailing mytical person. The only other source, anywhere close to jesus time would be the 'pauline letters'. These are letters to various leaders of the time (around 60CE) from the disciple Paul (by the way, this is a different man from the paul who was supposedly at the last supper). You cannot depend on the gospels as evidence either, the oldest of the gospels was written in about 90CE, long ater jesus was supposedly crucified and the very men who supposedly wrote the gospels, matthew, mark, luke, and john had been supposedly martyred. You simply cannot have it both was, there is either contemperaneous evidence for jesus or there is not. Most of waht exists on the subject comes down on the 'or not; side of this proposition. You really should read more about the Nicene council. This was a congregation of catholic bishops and cardinals by the emporer Constantine to hammer out the books of the christian faith. The catholics as of late like to say it is they who brought us all the bible. This is quite true and, much of it was simply fabricated out of whole cloth, not to mention all the books that were rejected.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • Mark C

      Actually I should have mentioned that God's judgement is very simple. Belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior died and took our sins. That's it.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Mark, the threat was clearly implied in your assertion that your god is going to judge us. Bye the way, I haven't been on the fence about christianity since I was 7 years old and no adult or cleric could answer my questions about the obvious inconsistencies and blatant contradictions inherent in the Bible, nor could they answer why was knowledge bad. Yep, even my childish unformed and uneducated mind could see just how stupid christianity was even then.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:03 am |
    • Mark C

      God will judge us. That is not a threat but the truth. Two totally different things.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Primewonk

      For some reason you fundiots fail to understand that Pascal's Wager (Gambit) was refuted long ago. You (falsely) assume a one-off condition – that it is YOUR god vs no god. It isn't. It's all 10,000 god's we've invented vs each other.

      If Allah is the real version of god, you are just as screwed as the folks you dàmn to hell. If Amma, Bumba, Thor, Ra, etc. is the real god, you are screwed.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  15. chuck

    Why is it never mentioned that JESUS was a middle eastern man!!! Who lived and died in the middle east!! Why iis he portrayed that as some gentile! the biblical figures are all middle eastern and not white,american ,or european!!! You people never confront the truth, but you are all quick to condem middle eastern people!! I am sick and tired of non middle eastern people hiding behind Jesus and pretending he was one of their boys, and portraying his people the MIDDLE EASTERN PEOPLE AS THE BAD GUYS!!! YOU SO CALLED CHRISTIANS ARE A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES!! JESUS WILL RETURN TO HIS PEOPLE--the middle eastern people who are a compassionate people--who all cry for the LORD in heaven!!

    April 10, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Jesus' father is the god of the jews, not the gentiles! They better hope he doesn't exist, because his chosen people ain't southern babtists.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • Dan

      When Jesus Christ returns, it will be for all people, not just Middle Easterners, Europeans, Americans, but all people. Jesus died for all people, even for you, you lucky fellow.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      I only believe in White Jesus, the one with blue eyes and brown hair who never got his clothes dirty. I saw a picture of Him so I know He's real.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      You obviously haven't read your bible.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      LOL. Yeah right, middle-eastern people are "compassionate." To everyone who believes exactly like themselves. Which is exactly the same thing I would say about christians.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  16. Vivek

    Frankly I am a Hindu, but this is quite disgusting that cnn would run a blog about the core of a religion during a festival. I would have supported the arguments that we do need to discuss various religions and their beliefs so that every religion can grow. But not on a festival. This is being blatant naive and insensitive to say the least.

    This is what happens when you have no religion, you cannot distinguish between right and wrong and become insensitive to other human feelings and emotions. The line of humanity and the Animal kingdom is blurred.

    The Author of this Article who chose it to be published on Easter Weekend must be sacked. Though I am a Hindu I find this very offensive and insensitive.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • nomdefaitour

      Don't sweat it dude. As you may have noticed, a lot of christians were so devout that that spent Easter Sunday surfing the web instead of worshiping their God. If it didn't mean enough for them to worship, u shouldn't worry about it either.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  17. jesus Who?

    Jesus, Mohamed etc are all myths. They are not real....get over yourselves you weak minded fools!

    April 10, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • Mikee

      You will think fool one day.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • @mikee

      Oh look, another fool....
      promises promises....

      April 10, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • Dan

      I imagine that you have not looked too deeply into what you're condemning, as that is so often the case with people who resort to insulting terminology. You really shouldn't denigrate others who understand diffrently and beleive differently than you do. And may I suggest that you consider taking a closer and open-minded look at religion ? I think it really would help you.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:47 am |
    • Since 33 AD

      Psalm 14:1-3: The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

      April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • @Dan

      You too are a fool!
      I have extensive experience with religion, that is exactly why I know it to be a sham.
      Wake up!

      April 10, 2012 at 8:51 am |
    • SoM

      Matt 5:22...But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

      April 10, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      I'd be happy if they'd at least stop calling us names and offering to kill us for not believing in it.

      April 10, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  18. Ron from Jersey

    My biggest concern was college professors like Elaine Pagels that are wrongly catagorized as Christian theologians by CNN. True Christian theologians do not teach religion, they teach Christianity. This would mean they truly believe what they teach. Pagels, since the loss of her family member will do everything to condemn the concept of hell and true Christian beliefs that do not fit her criteria. Having a PhD and teaching religion at a major university DOES NOT mean her own presuppositions have not seriously flawed her understanding of what Christ's Passion was all about and the true meaning of the Book of Revelation. CNN needs to look deeper into the biases of thier experts (like Pagels) prior to letting them speak their 'opinion.' Pagals is just one of several guests CNN has afforded to the readers that is truly ignorant to Christianity as her PhD is merely a certification of vendetta for a bias worldview.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • SoM

      Question friend on your belief of hell. Christ, who came only to minister to the lost sheep of Israel warned them alone of the fires of Gehenna, but Paul on the other hand did not warn the gentiles once of gehenna or hell for that matter. Why not? Acts 20:27 says he taught us all what God wants us to know, but how dare he not warn the gentiles about hell? Hmmm?

      April 10, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  19. reason

    The question is was Jesus a folk hero like Davie Crockett, who actually lived and could leap the Ohio River and ride a streak of lightning, or was he pure folklore like Paul Bunyan.

    Either explanation seems possible when you look at how religions evolve and how Christianity apparently ripped much its folklore from previous pagan religions.


    April 10, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  20. Dan

    I long for a time when people can believe what they want and express their feelings without someone attempting to criticize them for it or convert them over to their way of thinking. I'm glad that we largely use rhetoric and argument instead of violence like during the crusades, but it's still the same kind of childish i d i o c y that used to get people killed in the hundreds of thousands.

    If there is a god/are gods, then we are certainly not living up to the potential that he/she/it/they set for us.

    April 10, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • reason

      The problem is that faith is not innocent and issues like denying women their right to safe and legal abortion or denying equal rights to gays are examples of how it is harmful to others in society even when they want nothing to do with it. Forcing irrational superstitious beliefs on others is not innocent.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • Howard

      Dan, I long for a time when those who believe don't cram their beliefs down the throats of everyone who doesn't share them. I also long for a time when those who have doubts, like me, can openly and honestly express those doubts, in hopes someone can offer them reasonable answers, without being derided as a critic. The alternative is a society where either you're an unquestioning believer or you're an outcast.

      I just wish someone would explain why so many people who claim to be such devout believers and who feel they must proclaim their beliefs get so testy when anyone questions or criticizes them. If you're so certain yours is the right way, then you should be overflowing with confidence that you can explain your beliefs and stand up to the questions about them.

      April 10, 2012 at 8:23 am |
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