Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Myth of the Three Wise Men

By the Rev. Howard Bess
January 5, 2010

Since January 6 marks Epiphany, the first day of an extended season in the Christian Church calendar that takes traditional Christian believers all the way to the Lenten season. It is the season that celebrates the Christian gospel as light to a dark world.

Read on.


Anonymous said...

This article makes one fundamental error. Historians are unanimous that the gospels were written before the Sacking of Rome in AD 70 and not after.

The fact that the gospels are silent about such a momentous incident proves it(the Sacking of Jerusalem would have been a great propaganda victory to the gospel writers and would have vindicated their faith in Jesus)

Morton Kurzweil said...

The meaning of the word Epiphany as “a light shining over" relates the birth of Christ to the birth of Zoroaster, a common practice in suggesting divine origin. True epiphany is associated with a aura accompanying epileptic seizures or schizophrenic hallucinations. Such is the case in the behavior of Moses, John, Alexander, and Muhammad. False or distorted perception of events or ideas with an overwhelming sense of their reality creates the conviction associated with such experiences.
What is more significant is the belief of others who accept such statements as true. Story telling and the oral transmission of 'history' was the common method of receiving cultural information. Disbelief amounted to rejection of tribal identity.
Think of a prophet today attempting to proselytize to an audience. There would always be a few who are susceptible to any suggestion. In modern times we have seen this among cults and even the development of Mormon religious beliefs.
Is seems that every light is not meant to dispel darkness.