To see how Steven separates the theological vs historical parts made me reconsider. Can a theist pull out passages to support an argument without also asserting the supernatural claims contained within must be true? It appears so. This means I can't blithely dismiss historic evidence just because the source of it is the bible (though I know I will still worry about bias). OK, I'll try not to. Thanks for the clarification, Steven.
While chasing down guidelines for examining historic data (following marcguyver's lead, though he uses uncredited sources), I found an essay by skeptic Jeffery Jay Lowder, cofounder of the Internet Infidels, concluding that independent confirmation really doesn't need to be provided. (It was written before Doherty's work.)
Steven, if you would be so kind, would you provide a link to somewhere containing what you think are the best guesses for dates of when the Gospels (NT?) were written?
I made some yummy peanut butter cookies with my daughter yesterday, and I wish I could hand them around. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write so extensively & passionately.
Next post: examining the extra-bibical sources provided by marc & steven and responding to stuff ya'll had to say previously, I did read it all...
And I must rant that trying to read long comments in blogger in a skinny little column was driving me crazy, I switched it to the annoying pop-up window type to be able to expand it. Am I just lucky to get people who really have something to say, or what?