I read an interesting statement in a book by John T. Theodore titled, Who was Jesus? A Historical Analysis of the Misinterpretations of His Life and Teachings. No, this is not a religious post. Let me go further. Last evening my wife and I were eating at Panera’s when a couple from the 2012 Obama campaign joined us. Soon talk centered on that curious group of people designated as Obama-haters. Each of us had personal witness and, in the end, we all just shook our heads in disbelief.
This morning I came across the following quote in the Jesus book cited above and I could not help link it to the Panera discussion. The author was speaking of the stark variations in the Gospel stories concerning the Resurrection.
“This does not necessarily mean that the evangelists tried to deceive their readers. To them each added detail became a conviction, however ill-founded, unverified and unverifiable, until a string of legends was accepted as historical facts.”
Apparently this 2000-year-old practice of converting unverifiable whisperings into accepted, historical ‘facts’ continues into the 21st century. Polling data continues to show an amazingly high number of people who are ‘convinced’ that President Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya and therefore an illegitimate president. Just try to argue with them. They are as convinced of this as the early Christians were of Jesus’s rise from the tomb.
No amount of empirical data can alter the mind of so-called true believers, then or now. Apparently the defective gene remains virulent within the human gene pool.