An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Did Jesus Exist?

What if the court decides that Jesus is a figment of imagination? He never lived?

I was reading Vivekananda a few days back and he was differentiating between “Hindu” religion and others. While others are based on a personality and get their sustenance from the “power” of that ONE person.. Hinduism is a more “open source” kind of philosophy.. Krishna was important.. but He is nothing if He had not been able to deliver Vedas in a concise manner called Gita! He “derives” sustenance FROM the pool of philosophy rather than the other way around as it is in other traditions. Take out the Prophet and Islam collapses.. ditto for Christianity..

I know for believers this is an un-important debate .. but it is interesting nevertheless!

Forget the U.S. debate over intelligent design versus evolution.

An Italian court is tackling Jesus — and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching that he existed 2,000 years ago.

The case pits against each other two men in their 70s, who are from the same central Italian town and even went to the same seminary school in their teenage years.

The defendant, Enrico Righi, went on to become a priest writing for the parish newspaper. The plaintiff, Luigi Cascioli, became a vocal atheist who, after years of legal wrangling, is set to get his day in court later this month.

“I started this lawsuit because I wanted to deal the final blow against the Church, the bearer of obscurantism and regression,” Cascioli told Reuters.

Cascioli says Righi, and by extension the whole Church, broke two Italian laws. The first is “Abuso di Credulita Popolare” (Abuse of Popular Belief) meant to protect people against being swindled or conned. The second crime, he says, is “Sostituzione di Persona,” or impersonation.

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