Re: earliest layers
- --- Yuri Kuchinsky wrote:
> ... allow me to repeat once again what I already said previously.Hmm. Two redundancies in one sentence! Must be sumpin important.
> All early (proto) Christians were the followers of Jesus.Gosh, who could deny that? The early followers of Jesus were all
followers of Jesus. I'd even add to the tautology: so were the later
ones! There, now we've got something to really sink our teeth into!
> ... I'm still waiting to hear even one reason why they would notThanks for adding the last qualifier. It makes all the difference in
> have been all united around the need to spread the message of
> Jesus, as they understood it.
the world. I wonder if you understand that. One might add also "as
they understood HIM".
> So I see the assumption of early Christian unity as the mostSure, all the followers of Jesus wanted him to "win" in some sense,
> natural and fundamental assumption.
but a heck of a lot of diversity can occur within that apparent unity
of purpose. (Including what the world would look like if he did
"win"). All the kids at my high school, for example, were united in
wanting our sports teams to win. That didn't mean, of course, that
the "greasers" agreed with the "jocks" on anything else.
> ... Very good reasons indeed need to be supplied forAw, what's the use of wasting good reasons on a dogmatist? Lotta work
> why this may not have been so.