10 Reasons the Crucifixion Story Makes No Sense

Some good points here!

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Bob Seidensticker writes:

I’m afraid that the crucifixion story doesn’t strike me as that big a deal.

The Christian will say that death by crucifixion was a horrible, humiliating way to die. That the death of Jesus was a tremendous sacrifice, more noble and selfless than a person sacrificing himself for the benefit of a butterfly. And isn’t it worth praising something that gets us into heaven?

Here are ten reasons why I’m unimpressed.

1. Sure, death sucks, but why single out this one? Lots of people die. In fact, lots died from crucifixion. The death of one man doesn’t make all the others insignificant. Was Jesus not a man but actually a god? If so, that fact has yet to be shown.

It’s not like this death is dramatically worse than death today. Crucifixion may no longer be a worry, but cancer is. Six hours of agony on the…

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Corruption of the Scriptures: Part I – Does Islam Confirm the Bible As a Scripture from God?

Corruption of the Scriptures: Part I - Does Islam Confirm the Bible As a Scripture from God?  By Quran and Bible Blog Contributor stewjo004 بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم “...The devils inspire each other so that they can argue with you and if you follow them then you will be of those who equate others with …

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John 5:2 and the Date of the Fourth Gospel: A Response to a Christian Apologist

John 5:2 and the Date of the Fourth Gospel: A Response to a Christian Apologist بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.” - John 21:24             This article is a response to a claim made by a …

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The Composition and Writing of the Qur’ân: Old Explanations and New Evidence (Dr. Raymond K. Farrin)

A Muslim scholar explains the process of preserving the Quran. An excellent scholarly discussion.

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Abstract: This article challenges the view, common among Western academics since early last century, that the Qurʾān was left incomplete as a book and did not take final shape until well after the Prophet’s death. Against this, it highlights an example of structural continuity: that of center-periphery connection between adjacent sūras. This type of connection is identified throughout the phases of revelation, from the early Meccan period to the late Medinan one. The structural consistency illuminated here indicates that one author or authority likely arranged the Qurʾān, a finding in accordance with recent stylometric analysis of the text carried out at Princeton University. It also accords with an examination of the theme of jihād in the Qurʾān, the conclusions of which were presented at the 2017 International Qur’anic Studies Association conference in Boston. Far from suggesting a multiplicity of voices, the doctrine of jihād is characterized by overall consistency…

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