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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.

edeveryday

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.

rbsrs

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

ANGRY AT CNN!!!

CNN: IF YOU READ THIS GO TO HELL FOR YOUR ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIGOTRY THIS EASTER SUNDAY!!!!

Many other readers took aim at the critics:

JHC

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.

nomdefaitour

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:

JBOO

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.

Keith

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.

gimmeslack12

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:

@JoshTheLink

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

@CommonDescent

CNN asks: Did Jesus exist? https://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.

@TTCNews

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. b4bigbang

    I had a great Easter and i am having an excellent day today as well. The weather is warm and sunny, and i just want to thank the Intelligent Designer who is the Father of all the physical laws, gravity, etc, etc.!
    Yep. He set up the universe and we study it with our science and it gives me a sense of awe.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You may believe that is the case. There's no evidence that it's a fact.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • b4bigbang

      The Scriptures instructed me to have the elders of the church pray for my healing, i carried out the instruction and i was miraculously healed that very night.
      The Scriptures predicted that would happen and it's all the evidence i need.
      As to why more people, including more amputees, aren't healed is none of my business. I just know what i *did* experience and that's all the evidence i need.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So? Who gives a ripe sh!t what you believe, Cletus? Who cares that you think you were 'healed' because some sky-fairy granted you health?

      Your little anecdotes are meaningless to anyone but you. Every person here can likely cite equally convincing tales of faithful worshippers who suffered horrible deaths and suffered terrible injustices. So what?

      April 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aside from that, if a god created a nincompoop like you, he's hardly omniscient or perfect. He screwed up big-time when he put you here.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  2. Arthur Prior

    It's hardly a surprise that each Easter a major news source feels compelled to publish an article questioning if Jesus Christ really existed or if he truly was divine. The editors' self assured note that "Of course, most comments had nothing to do with our story..." misses the points of concern for many readers. We do not expect that publication of major religious events in the daily news, be they Christian or otherwise, must necessarily be accompanied by scholarly "tut tut"s questioning the authenticity of the particular religion. That such treatment seems singularly reserved for Christian holidays suggests a greater sense of security in publicly challenging Christianity than for other religions or philosophies the network may not like.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      Apparently, you only notice it when the topic is christianity. Similar articles on many other religions have been published here and elsewhere, most often around their respective holy days, yet have completely escaped your attention.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • netanyahu

      they will never criticize zionist jews though that would be antisemite.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Theism is not healthy for your sanity and other reasonable things

      The persecution complex US Christians have would be hilarious if it weren't so sad and pathetic.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  3. Cheri

    If this article had been written against the Muslim's religion CNN would no longer be on the air because of the violence that would occur because Radical Muslims are violent people and teach violence. Instead, Christians make their feelings known in a peaceful manner, because this is what Jesus would have done. Do you want peace in your life follow Jesus the Messiah. If you violence and a feeling of unrest inside of you follow Mohammad.

    If you have a personal connection with Jesus it is an undeniable experience and you know He is REAL. It is ashame more people have not given Him a chance. One day everyone will bow down and one day everyone will confess He is the Lord and Messiah. The greatest gift of all awaits for us who believe in Him now.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Horus

      "One day everyone will bow down and one day everyone will confess He is the Lord and Messiah."

      And I hope you can appreciate how the areligious look at that comment and see a veiled threat. It's incredible presumptuous and insulting to those who don't believe in your religion. Worship please but keep it and self-satisfied statements about faith to yourself.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  4. † In God We Trust †

    Sarah Palin or Santorum should be our president.... they will teach everyone a good lesson then!

    April 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Godfrey

      But Sarah Palin's a woman. Biblically speaking, shouldn't she be home darning socks and having babies?

      Oh wait... that's the OLD interpretation of the Bible.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Marc Leger

      The minority FAR RIGHT has taken over, or is attempting to. God is like Santa Claus. If you were born in Saudi Arabia, you'd be laughing at this article.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  5. Alaska

    God ain't real, people need to get a life.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      You sound like Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot

      April 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls!

      But, but Sarah P says god and jesus are her personal friends, and she speaks for all Alaskans!

      April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  6. Godfrey

    hawaiiduude: "notice how cnn is always pushing jew ism on us?"

    You're darn' tootin', by jingo! Them CNNers with their long words and their Jew Ism!!! And whatnot. My pappy, he'd fell outta his rockin' chair, ceptinz he done sold it to ol' Marney when the depression hit.

    They think they're so smart, what with their uppity three-syllable words and all. Who needs it. I only went to grade school long enough to find me a wife. Then I up an' quit. Them fields weren't gonna plow theyselves, by jingo.

    CNN – ever notice that when you pronounce it as a word, you're actually saying SIN? What's that tell ye?

    April 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • netanyahu

      that you're a ziohnist shill?

      April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Godfrey

      No, but I know me a joo feller has a plot o' land up yonder. Goes b'the name of Levi. Shifty, soda-drinkin' bunch, the whole lot.

      Never trusted a man didn't drink sarsapariller.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  7. Henry

    For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21

    April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
  8. Hindu girl

    America is proudly a religious nation.... look at our money and motto!

    IN GOD WE TRUST

    seems like nonbelievers in God can't read it? Perhaps you should buy glasses

    April 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • netanyahu

      thats on there to fool us, created from the joos printing money at the so called "fed"

      April 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Godfrey

      Added in the mid-20th Century by zealots like you.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      Perhaps you should look up the history of that phrase and when it appeared.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • Snow

      so.. which god.. Vishnu? Shiva? Jesus? Zeus? Horus?

      April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      It refers to the Christian God.

      If Jews put that up, it would have said 'IN G-D WE TRUST', and not 'GOD'. Since they write G-d

      April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • netanyahu

      the declaration of independance says "year of our Lord" and the date which is based on christ you know bc and ad? That means they are saying our Lord as christians.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • WeWereOnTheMoon

      All we know about Jesus, Moses or Muhamad comes from someone's interpretation of what he, she or they believe actualy happened. There is no direct link to any of these people to say for sure what they did or didn't do. However, we as human beings made some amazing achievements and one thing is sure, with or without any extra help we did it with our own hands so let's just accept the fact that we humans are amazing and maybe we don't need any supernatural explanations to justify our achievements.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  9. josef bleaux

    Millions of people have died for millions of reasons over the millenia. Some for good reasons, a lot from senseless reasons, and a lot from reasons no one any longer remembers. Regardless, mankind has strove to improve in a variety of ways and Christianity is one of them. Is it perfect? No, but is any human endeavor? Is the modern version of Christianity the same Christianity of 1000 years ok, or 2000? No. That argument is like saying Vikings killed millions so we shouldnt trust the Scandanavians now....

    April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Theism is not healthy for your sanity and other reasonable things

      You think Christianity was an improvement for mankind? It was ushered in and began to rise in popularity under Constantine. The beginning of the rise of Christianity is marked by the fall of the Roman Empire and it's height of power we rightly called the Dark Ages.

      Before Christianity we had a Republic with growing democracy that allowed for freedom of thought in philosophical and scientific investigation and endeavors.

      Had it not been for Christianity, I think we could have been on the moon two hundred years ago.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  10. JM

    I believe in Jesus Christ and his Father. Mostly for what I have experienced in my life other than what I have been taught. For those of you who doubt, think about the one believed fact of the universe: that energy is neither created nor destroyed. So where does all of your energy go? It can't just disappear. I am a Christian, but do not judge others who don't believe. They will find out in their own time- if not on this earth, then in the next life. If you look at all religions, everyone believes in a higher power of some kind. That being said, I have experienced a divine intervention twice in my life. You skeptics will think they were hallucinations, but neither was. There is no reasonable explanation for either experience. I know that God exists, and chose to follow his teachings. I think the world would be a much better place if everyone would chose to treat others as they wish to be treated. No one religion is above the other, and it's a waste of time to debate whether he existed or not. Let's spend time fixing the world's problems, and then perhaps God will become more evident in our lives, and we won't be left to wonder anymore.

    April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  11. Korean

    We should BAN atheists/non-Christians from entering any Christian related articles. They do not accept Christ, then why be here and comment? Go comment on David Silverman's hatred group and community

    April 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      As much as most evangelicals might absolutely love to live in an echo chamber like you describe, it's not gonna happen. If your beliefs can't stand up to scrutiny, perhaps you shouldn't offer them up to begin with.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Horus

      "Then why be here and comment?"

      Because Christians still insist on trying to install theocratic values into our secular nation? Keep your religion at home and we can leave each other alone.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • Korean

      America is a Christian country your fool.... move to another country if you don't like it. (HINT: North Korea)

      April 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Godfrey

      Why stop at banning them? Why not BURN them at the stake?

      Let's stick to what works.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • RonFromNM

      Tell you what... if Christians agree to keep their beliefs out of the secular spheres of government and science, I would be absolutely DELIGHTED to not comment on a story concerning Christianity in the religion section. Deal?

      April 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      2-3% of the U.S. are atheists.... slowly and thankfully they will continue to decline.... mainly thanks to growth of religious people, as well as Latinos and Catholics 🙂

      More and more convert to Christianity, and by next 50 years we will have another 100 million Christians here 😀

      April 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • jespo

      Well, that sounds like a religious litmus test...deciding who may speak and who may not. Who would you herd into what corner as a shepherd herds a flock? This is why christianity has suffered throughout the centuries...your hatred and arrogance brings the same upon you, as all religions due to their own intolerance. If you can't be questioned about your lies I suggest you stop telling them.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Korean

      What religious thing is in our government? Why can't our presidents express their faith just like you nonbelievers do?
      It's freedom of speech and freedom of religion!

      April 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • RonFromNM

      America is NOT a Christian nation, Korean. Per article 11 of the treaty of Tripoli, passed by the US Congress of 1797:
      "Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,"

      April 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Theism is not healthy for your sanity and other reasonable things

      Didn't anyone tell you, Korean, the internet is where religion comes to die.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Bill Kilpatrick

      America is not a Christian nation. It's a free country. In a free country, Christians are free to pursue their faith without persecution, but they're not free to run anybody off. In a free country, everyone is free to pursue their own faith – or lack thereof.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Ed

      This is a public forum. If you want to be around Christians only, go to church.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • BadPolitx

      Sorry "in god we trust" the real figure is 10% to 12% and growing faster than any religion! Get your facts correct.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • † In God We Trust †

      AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY!

      AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY!

      http://rightremedy.org/tracts/7

      Read Read Read!

      April 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Tratheist

      Wait... what Christian article? It was a comparison between Jesus and a Pagan God. That makes it a Christian/Pagan article.

      Why are you trying to claim the entire article for Jesus? The article was written to foster free thought about the subject, something that Atheists are very good at.

      Do I agree with CNN about the timing? No. Like 99.99% of everything they do, they did it for ratings... and congradulations, you made CNN the winner by diving into the debate.

      I am an Atheist, but not the nasty, "satan-loving" kind everyone refers to. I dont care what you believe or who you worship. I went to Church on Sunday with my wife and kids because they are Christian. We had a great meal with family and ate some good chocolate rabbits.

      All this anger and frustration is what is wrong with our world today. Chill the hell out.

      April 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  12. Louc57

    Albert Schweitzer, a 20th-century theologian and missionary, suggested that there will never be one answer to that question. He said that looking for Jesus in history is like looking down a well: You see only your own reflection

    "He made man in his own image"...hello?

    April 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Korean

      Albert was a zionist jew.... wrong person to look into.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  13. netanyahu

    I have to admit that judaism is the head of the beast in revelations. and I am the antichryst

    April 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Peikovianyi

      Are you sucking on a Quran, "netanyahu"? Or Mein Kampf? Fun ghoul.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • netanyahu

      what u say pickleveiny? U speak jibberish

      April 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  14. Mel

    First they say Christians are in the majority in this country, then they wonder why American journalists choose to explore Christian myths. Since no one religion owns the calendar, there really is no reason to complain about timing... especially when it is appropriate to start a discussion related to current events (Easter 2012).
    For Christianity to be a religion based in history, it negates Judaism and Islam (and all other religions)in their eyes. If Americans are mostly Christian, that's equal to saying that the majority of Americans already discredit religions other than their own, so why would they be interested in the debunking of myths they already don't believe? Different sects of Christianity even negate other sects of Christianity's validity... Every day, 24/7. Even on Easter. And Passover, too.

    You can't all be right. You can't all be sure of history. You can't prove these things!

    As long as there is no name calling, no one is being picked on. Show off some of that Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Humanist, Agnostic intelligence!

    April 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  15. magnido45

    The belief in Jesus will outlast the existence of CNN...fact!!!

    April 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      Well, no. By definition, that is a prediction. Not a fact.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • jespo

      If billions of people believe a lie, it's still a lie, no matter how much time passes.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  16. jespo

    If you're bad, Santa leaves coal in your stocking....god sends you to hell to burn forever. Hhmmnn...I'll believe in Santa before I'll believe in god. It's a ridiculous notion told children to keep them in check, you're not suppossed to believe it when you grow up....god, that is. How much of value, lives cherished and precious time has been wasted arguing the notion of god? How much blood has been spilt in god's name? The longer I live the more I lose faith in humanity's ability to rise past his current belief in this madness.

    April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Russ

      @ jespo:
      actually Christianity teaches the exact opposite: ONLY bad people get in.
      (according to the Bible, there's no such thing as good people – Rom.3:10-12)
      as Jesus said to the religious in his day: "the tax collectors and prost.itutes are getting in before you." (Mt.21:31)

      April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • Sarah

      God does NOT want anyone to go to hell (2 Peter 3:9). He sent his Son for that very reason, so that we would believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and be forgiven of our sins (John 3:16). Bad behavior does not result in a person going to hell, because we have ALL broken God's laws (Romans 3:23). Rather, rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ is what dooms a person to eternal separation from the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:8). If you want to discover the truth, the best thing you can do is open your heart and your mind, pray for Him to speak to you, and be ready to receive an answer (Jeremiah 29:13).

      April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  17. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are so full of crap and lies. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs! . ,,.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • jespo

      troll

      April 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      Pay no attention to the fake Jesus it refuses to post proof of what it says.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Pay no attention to the fake Jesus it refuses to post proof of what it says."

      Alfred will continue to prove all Christians are liars who can't prove my statements wrong. Got to love the desperation proving my post correct. LMAO!

      April 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • ...

      Troll Alerts when ever you see these posters click the report abuse link to get rid of these bullies.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Robert

      [yt][youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF88nB1SRCM&w=640&h=360][/yt]

      April 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Robert

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF88nB1SRCM&w=640&h=360]

      One more try.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • cosprons

      Prayer is the most inefficacious form of 'hope' existant. Try 'doing' something instead of 'praying' for something! Try reading some Darwin or Hawking, you may find it enlightening! It is religion that is not healthy for children and "other living things". (sic). Also, you might want to explore the history of the the letter 'J', as it does not exist in the Latin, Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic alphabets. Therefore, no one named "jesus" was born 2000 years ago. The name does not even appear in the original King James version of the bible written in 1611!!! Have fun with your research.

      April 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  18. Dave

    I call B.S. on ALL religions, got a soul? show me. I want to see it. I want to measure it's weight. I want to measure it's length. What color is it? simply put, if it can't be measured, then it isn't real. If it isn't real, it doesn't exist. daydreaming simpletons.

    April 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      I guess u dont have one.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • NPRJim

      You can't see an atom, is it real? I am an athiest myself but your little rant means nothing.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Dave

      atoms can be measured, their affects are real, souls can't be measured, the idea of their affects are imaginary, they are NOT real.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • DaveJesuswillnotsaveyou

      At one point in time we did not know about the atom or have the ability to measure it. Are you saying that just because we can't measure something it isn't real? Do you not think there are things that we do not know about or cannot measure that exist? Isn't it at least conceivable that science could one day discover the presence of God?

      Many of Einstein's theories existed before they could be measured and proven and he was shown to be right.

      You may be right that God does not exist, but your argument is pathetic and does not prove anything.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Theism is not healthy for your sanity and other reasonable things

      Actually, Jim, you can see an atom.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8225491.stm

      April 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Mel

      The soul is just the mind. Someone decided that if they gave it a name, it would be something else. Thoughts can be measured, electrical impulses in the brain, fMRIs and such. Anyone who thinks their thoughts, dreams, fears, come from somewhere outside of the mind... has a self-loathing mind.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • netanyahu

      i cant see you only words so you must not be real either.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • BadPolitx

      Sorry NPRjim we CAN see atoms now! Really watch NOVA!

      April 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, look! Hairnet is imploding!

      April 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  19. justathought

    does it matter whether jesus was a god, a person or a myth? the lasting effect of his cult of personality, or teachings, or whatever, has slowly pulled humans out of killing each other as a normal course of events, to in many places, an event that is unusual enough to make the 6 oclock news. no im not a christian, but overall i think christianity with its litany of faults has improved a large chunk of the world. if christians want to hold all their christian tenets sacred, more power to them, as long as they allow me the same courtesy and allow me to hold my non-christian tenets as sacred.

    April 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Josef Bleaux

      I think an awful lot of people have been killed in the name of Christianity over the centuries. And when you think about it, they still are. The war in Afghanistan and Iraq for instance, sure it's about oil but it's also about helping Israel hang onto the "Promised Land" and not be wiped out by the Islamic countries. We support Israel because of Christian religious beliefs, that gets a lot of our soldiers killed as well as a lot of Muslims.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Realist

      Sorry to say this, but you obviously have not studied history. Christianity is responsible for literally millions of deaths down through the ages, most of them in the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in 14th century Europe. More pertinent is the present rift that it's been causing in our own country for the last decade. And it splits families. In deed religion has been designed to separate people. "They're not like us...Now let's go kill them." Religion has been an indispensable tool of conflict wielded by kings and popes alike. There is no faster way to get people to fight and die for you than to tell them that the enemy are nonbelievers. And that's why Christianity made it down through the ages, not because it's true. So when you look at the whole picture, Christianity has NOT a positive influence on our civilization. Think where we might be if we hadn't been mired in silly religious conflicts for centuries! It's time to shun ALL religions, except maybe mystic ones that are positive like Budhism.

      April 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
  20. hawaiiduude

    notice how cnn is always pushing jew ism on us? Who give a crap about jew and kaufman? Who cares about jew nose jobs from jew doctors? Why do they push arab and muslim hate on us? Why do they ridicule christmas and easter but never hannukah? Do you see the pattern here? I'm sick of this zionist craap

    April 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Peikovianyi

      Little flaming Jihadi poi boy says what?

      April 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
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