Troops clear last pockets of resistance in Marjah

Marines and Afghan troops cleared the last major pocket of resistance in the former Taliban-ruled town of Marjah on Saturday - part of an offensive that is the run-up to a larger showdown this year in the most strategic part of Afghanistan's dangerous south. Full Story
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#161 Jul 4, 2010
"Scientism, the view that science can explain all human conditions and expressions, mental as well as physical, is a superstition, one of the dominant superstitions or our day; and it is not an insult to science to say so."
The New York Times, Leon Wieseltier ,American writer, critic, and magazine editor.

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#162 Jul 4, 2010
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Virtually the same conclusion I came to. Any dolt with a google toolbar, including myself, can disprove at least three of these in five minutes. I, unfortunately don't have the eloquence, nor the desire to argue on and on and on. Also the time...
That isn't to say there aren't some similarities though.

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#163 Jul 4, 2010
So you see how cultures borrow previous mythologies.

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#164 Jul 4, 2010
There is much accumulated circumstantial evidence to support a historical Jesus. Again, one can not prove this evidence one hundred percent but tradition supports many of the claims attributed to them. We have the testimony of the gospels which are considered reliable historical records and the author of the Gospel of John certainly portrays himself as an eyewitness to Jesus. As an added note, many written historical records, including the Bible, are considered exceptions to the hearsay rule and are often used as corroborating evidence in civil cases. Then we have the Nazareth inscription, the Pilate inscription, the early Christian tombs of the Dominus Flevit outside of Jerusalem and the reputed tomb of Caiaphas, the head of the Sanhedrin that condemned Jesus. We also have the Coenaculum and King David Tomb in Jerusalem. This old structure is believed to be the house of the Last Supper and according to the archaeological research, was a church-synagogue of the early Christian community of Jerusalem and the only synagogue that did not face the temple but faced the tomb where Jesus was supposedly buried. It also had pious early Christian graffiti on the walls. Archaeologists have discovered a 1st century synagogue under a 4th century synagogue in Capernaum, the town Jesus adopted as his own. Archaeological evidence indicates the town did not begin until the 2nd century B.C., which explains why it is only mentioned in the New Testament, not the Old. Capernaum was a large Galilean fishing village and busy trading center and is frequently mentioned in the history of Jesus Christ. According to New Testament scripture, Peter, Andrew, James and John also lived there. Jesus often taught in the synagogue in Capernaum. They have also unearthed what researchers believe was the home of the Apostle Peter in the same town. In a Roman church is kept what is claimed to be a part of a placard retrieved in 327 AD by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great from the buried tomb of Jesus It is written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. There is no doubt that the original inscription on this placard says "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews." A historical scholar whose expertise is ancient writng styles says it was most likely written in the first century AD. Then we have the Sudarium of Oveido, purportedly the cloth that covered the face of Jesus after the crucifixion and of course, the Shroud of Turin , the "riddle of the ages," according to Time Magazine. The sudarium has been tested and researchers claim the sudarium and the shroud covered the same crucifixion victim. The shroud shows the victim being nailed through the wrists, not the hands as was depicted in all Christian art. Researchers confirm that a victim could not be nailed through the hands as the hands could not support the weight of the person. John's accuracy has also been attested to by recent discoveries. In John 5:1-15 Jesus heals a man at the Pool of Bethesda. John describes the pool as having five porticoes. This site had long been in dispute until recently. Forty feet underground, archaeologists discovered a pool with five porticoes, and the description of the surrounding area matches John's description. In 9:7 John mentions another long disputed site, the Pool of Siloam. However, this pool was also discovered in 1897, upholding the accuracy of John.
We also have early Christian writings from those that were pupils of the apostles and became teachers themselves. Outside of Christianity we have Jewish and pagan authors, some who were privy to the Roman archives such as Josephus and Tacitus, who also mention the existence of Jesus.
All these facts collectively make a very strong case for an historical Jesus.
In Conclusion, the accumulated evidence says Jesus existed and the overwhelming majority of critical scholars, including the very liberal Jesus Seminar, agree.
Joana Hexx

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#165 Jul 4, 2010
I can't stand you twegster! You're posts are stupid as you are.

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