I have heard the argument from Jewish, Christian and Muslim moms that their beliefs have historical legs to stand on because there is physical proof of these people and places... And I do not disagree with those findings...
But does this argument work both ways? When there is the same type of archaeological proof from other faiths does it also give those faiths historical legs, so to speak? If not, why?
Example: For centuries there has been myths pertaining to the birth of Hercules and the house which he was born in. Which until now have been seen as no more than a story. However, recently there has been proof of the existance of this man's life, and the house has been found. In the eyes of many this is no more or less proof than there is of Biblical places and people...
Does this give any historical proof to the myths surrounding Hercules? If not, why then do we still depend on historical proof of religion at all?
Answer by deadheadjen at 2:21 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:39 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by lowencope at 2:45 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by Princessofscots at 3:20 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by roachiesmom at 3:48 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by pnwmom at 3:49 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Princessofscotts - that was actually my exact point. I would never claim that one religion or another doesn't deserve to be able to claim history or try to disprove another. My entire point is that historical proof DOES exist for many many myths and many many religious traditions... And that they should be respected in a way that reflects that historical significance.
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:15 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Roachiesmom - I actually heard about it on the History channel. But here is a link to one of the stories about the house being found...
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:20 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Answer by okmanders at 4:43 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
Thanks, Sabrina! :O) I'll go indulge my inner history geek.
okmanders, that's the point many, many non-believers have tried to make that generally falls upon the deaf hand-covered ears of most believers -- that what many of them dismiss out of hand as mythology has as much or more historical/factual base as christian mythology. And rarely do any of us insist -- no matter what we may privately fantasize -- that this should change the beliefs of the believer...but merely how they may view the beliefs of others. Thanks for at least seeing that. So many can't.
Answer by roachiesmom at 5:36 PM on Oct. 2, 2009
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