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There is certainly a quote within a purported interview with Einstein in which the phrase appears and is attributed to Einstein (see Morgoth's answer). As such, the claim can be considered one that existed during Einstein's life, and is not a posthumous invention. However, there may be reason to doubt the veracity of the quote. As this is regarding an ...


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Yes, he did. In 1929, George Sylvester Viereck interview Albert Einstein for The Saturday Evening Post: Transcribed as follows: Unquestionably. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. Although, this quote is often used out of context to mislead ...


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Yule: The word Yule comes into Modern English from the Old English ġéol and was a festival occurring around the Winter Solstice. See: Merriam Webster and Wikipedia. Conclusion: False Wicca: There is no good reason to believe that Wicca predates Gerald Gardner in the 1950s (see Hutton's Triumph of the Moon and Aidan A. Kelly's Crafting the Art of Magic). ...


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We don't have a clear idea of the date on which he was born. In fact, we don't even know the year he was born. Some historians like Robert Price even disagree on his historicity or existence. In another skeptics answer we have shown some indirect historical evidence for his existence, and to be fair, most historians agree that someone like him existed (from ...


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Yes, Jesus is a perfect example of a refugee. The Webster's 1828 dictionary defines refugee as: One who flies to a shelter or place of safety. One who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign country for safety; as the French refugees, who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantz, and settled in Flanders ...


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I can't find any source for him stating the quote as such. I did find a book, The Knights Templar & the Protestant Reformation, which states that when Stanley Jones, a missionary, met with Mahatma Gandhi he asked him: Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower? Gandhi ...


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Horus says yes -- he's a sky god Osiris says no -- July 14 Attis -- I haven't found a birthday; he wasn't a god; http://www.tektonics.org/copycat/attis.html alleges that similarities between Christianity and the cult of Attis were due to the latter imitating the former, not the other way around. Krishna says no - 18 July 3228 BCE Zoroaster says no -- 6 days ...


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Bill Bryson did not make this claim. In Chapter 12 of his book he writes: As one congressman quite seriously told Dr. David Edwards, head of the Joint National Committee on Languages, "If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for me," [Quoted in the Guardian, April 30, 1988] Dr J. David Edwards was the former Executive Director of ...


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Let's start with some sanity checks. The image of Cesare Borgia presented here doesn't look much like either of the images of Jesus presented, nor like any of the other images of Jesus. The face is flatter, the nose is flatter, the eyes are smaller and a different colour, the lips are thinner, the hair is a different colour, and while there are similarities ...


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Here is an interview (LANG=DE) with the German Theologian Hermann Detering, who wrote the book „Falsche Zeugen. Außerchristliche Jesuszeugnisse auf dem Prüfstand“ (False witnesses, exochristian Jesus witnesses on trial). My abstract: You can't take the bible for granted, because it isn't a historic book, but a statement of faith. It's hard to tell, when ...


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Before we get started, it's worth observing that the appearance of a date on a poster inside an episode of The Simpsons can hardly be taken as an assertion of historical fact. The show is known for being provocative and including parodies of reality. Bart Simpson should hardly be our go-to expert on history1 even though it turns out this instance wasn't just ...


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TL;DR: probably not, but we can't really tell for sure Prologue: This is a hard question, and unanswerable at this point This is a problematic question to answer. It's a very hard question to answer, even if the relics were given for scientific examination, which doesn't happen. More over, the answer to this question relies on the answers to several other ...


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Yes, Dr. David Edwards was the Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL/NCLIS) for 31 years. His Ph.D. is in political science. It is doubtful that Dr. David Edwards made such a claim. His organization promotes multilingualism (from the interview linked above). ...


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The history of crucifixion mentions several forms of crosses being used (the pole, T-shaped cross, and X-shaped cross), and mentions that the pole shape is associated with Jehovah's Witnesses who seem to believe that's what was used to execute Christ. This mimics part of the information at crucifixion which goes more into the social aspects of the punishment....


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The Knights Templar & the Protestant Reformation book referenced above attributes the apocryphal Gandhi quote to a secondary source (an article in Christian Today by Dibin Samuel), which in turn wrongly attributes the quote to the Millie Graham Polak book (Mr. Gandhi: The Man). I am holding a copy of the Graham book in my hand, and that "so unlike Christ"...


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Almost all reputable historians believe that Jesus did exist. Why they believe this I will explain below. To be absolutely clear, when we say Jesus did live, we are not saying that everything or even most of the things said about him in the Bible is true. Even ignoring the supernatural elements, the gospels contain internal contradictions, so we are ...


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According to Mt 2,1 and Lk 1,5 (KJV): Mt 2,1 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Lk 1,5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and ...


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Summary: Yes, he most likely did say it in a 1929 newspaper interview (see Morgoth's answer). The interview happened, it isn't unlikely that he said this about Jesus, the background of the reporter has no impact on the veracity of the quote, the quote has been used by reputable sources and most of all: the quote (or at least the spirit of the quote) has ...


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Referring to Roger Pearse, this quote was sourced from a satirical work of John Bale which was written with a "historical" format entitled 'The Pageant of Popes'. The earliest known source of this statement is actually a polemical work by the Protestant John Bale, the anti-Catholic Acta Romanorum Pontificum, which was first translated from Latin into ...


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The Bible records the Israelites as using kaneh-bosm as anointing oil, specifically in the Old Testament. The exact composition of the oil is unclear as kaneh-bosm is an Aramaic word, although most scholars believe that it was made from Calamus, a kind of palm. Various sources which discuss the issue: Wikipedia overview Vice article Although the ...


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There is actually quite a few references to Jesus in books from antiquity. The second chart also puts the New Testament in comparison to other ancient works. SOURCE: The Verdict of History, Gary Habermas Are there any extra-biblical validations of his existence around the time he is commonly thought to have lived? The following book chapter (online) from ...


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By definition this question would be best asked on Christianity.SE and it has. What is clear is that he was probably born in the spring or summer as that is when shepherds watch over their flocks (Luke 2:8). March 28 is far more plausible than December 25. They watched over their flocks in the field in the spring because that is when there was food. ...


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If one leave aside the mention of "crucifixion" in Bible, we still have a solid evidence outside Bible that Jesus was in fact crucified on cross. Lucian (c.120–after 180 A.D. referred to Jesus as a crucified sophist (philosopher). Apart from Jesus' crucifixion, it also testifies- an earliest non Biblical record, about the deity of Jesus, indicating that ...


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