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As the linked article from the Washington Post illustrates, there are good reasons to doubt that there was ever a historical Jesus. And yet, when I go through the gospels I can’t shake the feeling that there must be something more to it then a simple story. There’s just too much justification going on, too much manufacturing to make the story “fit”. I can’t get rid of the feeling that at the heart of the Jesus myth, there existed a real person around whom all these stories have been wrapped. Was he divine? No, of course not. Was he a miracle worker? No, not at all. Perhaps a misguided rabbi. Perhaps someone who was delusional and actually believed he was the Messiah. Perhaps someone who was set up as the Messiah by fanatical followers. With the lack of sources and the centuries of obfuscation and mystification, we’ll probably never know who, if anyone at all, is at the core of the myth.

There are clearly good reasons to doubt Jesus’ historical existence.

Source: Did historical Jesus really exist? The evidence just doesn’t add up.

This Liberation Day, I did something that had absolutely nothing to do with any festivities concerning our freedom or liberty, didn’t contemplate the sacrifice many made so that we can enjoy our freedom or anything like that. Instead, I did something that was very liberating for me personally. I spent a good deal of the morning, cleaning and putting together a toy set that is at least 30 years old. I used to play with it when I was a little boy and now, my eldest son can play with it. It’s a Playmobil castle.

Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated by submarines. Especially by the German u-Boot from World War 2. I don’t know why, but there is something about this sinister, deadly warship that really attracts me. Yes, I know there have been major advances in submarine technology. I know that today’s submarines are far more potent and deadly and I know that the U-Boot was not even a proper submarine but a submersible warship. Regardless of that, the German U-Boot Waffe achieved some amazing feats during the course of the war. So much so that Winston Churchill wrote that the only thing that ever really frightened him during the war, was the U-boat peril.