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"Christianity," says Bishop Wilson, "inscribes on the portal of her dominion 'Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in nowise enter therein.' Christianity does not profess to convince the perverse and headstrong, to bring irresistible evidence to the daring and profane, to vanquish the proud scorner, and afford evidences from which the careless and perverse cannot possibly escape. This might go to destroy man's responsibility. All that Christianity professes, is to propose such evidences as may satisfy the meek, the tractable, the candid, the serious inquirer." http://www.woundedheart.org/sgtestimony.htm
From Hawass' letter (reproduced in the blog article):
Was this Aper-al a Hebrew? Maybe, maybe not. And even if he were, what conclusions can we draw from that?
Amenhotep III had a foreign queen, so maybe he generally trusted foreigners more than Egyptians?
Again, maybe, maybe not. Akenaten's preference for the minor sun god Aten need not have had foreign impetus. The Aten worship is attested with certainty from as early as the early Middle Kingdom, and Amenhotep is known to have offered to both Aten and Amon-Re. The Amon-Re priests in Thebes had gained increasingly more power during the Middle Kingdom, and the decision to relocate the capital and to place Aten (who didn't sport a powerfull priesthood) as the only god with Akenaten as his high priest might be explained as simply a part of a power struggle, not necessarily any religious conviction.
That said, it will be interesting to see the further development of this; I just don't think that people should have too high hopes for anything related to the Bible.
From darkness into light
Like icy shards from the broken mirror within
Melting in the tears from the stars in your eyes
Shining still brighter, still fainter through the darkness
The love between you and me, a trace of dawn
Not moving the goalpost. Sorry, logic doesn't change just cause you don't like where it will end up. You can play with a priori assumptions within your category - but the instant you shift to textual...
I confess…I’m an intellectual. I like to discuss Christian theology. I appreciate that the Christianity we live today was shaped by first the writers of the New Testament and lots of faithful people...
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