My review of “Lord or Legend“, part 6, by Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy:
A most impressive alleged parallel to the early Jesus movement concerns a twentieth century [Christian] miracle worker in the Congo named Simon Kimbangu. A number of eyewitnesses report that he performed many miracles and exorcisms and even apparently raised several people from the dead. As a result, some of his followers worshipped him as God (not just as a god). What are we to make of this? Does it support the case of viewing the Jesus story as substantially legendary? On the contrary we believe that the case for Kimbangu actually supports the case for viewing the Jesus story as substantially rooted in history
Gary: Good grief.
“A number of eyewitnesses” claim that a guy in the Congo raised “several people” from the dead. Wow! Well, if that is what multiple eyewitnesses claim then the only sensible thing for us to do is to believe these claims, right??
I’d like to see a show of hands of how many Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Episcopalians believe that people were being raised from the dead in the Congo during the 1900’s?
Any hands? Any hands? I don’t see any hands.
Yet these same Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Episcopalian Christians are shocked that we skeptics do not accept the claims of alleged eyewitnesses from the first century who likewise claimed that some preacher was raising dead people from their graves!
When will educated people stop believing this nonsense!
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