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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 84 Written : 08/23/94 04:55pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Stoning Jesus Was it really a crucifiction? England is in an uproar over religion again. It seems that Enoch Powell, an 82-year-old, British politician and classics expert, had the temerity to suggest that Jesus did not die from crucifixion. Instead, he says, J.C. died by stoning. Powell's claims are made in a forthcoming book on the Bible, titled "The Evolution of the Gospel" and to be published by Yale University Press. Apparently, he feels that an early Greek translation of the Gospel of Matthew indicate that J.C. was stoned by Jews on the charge of blasphemy. The leaks of this portion of the book have created a controversy in England, with other bible scholars calling his conclusions "outrageous" and "impossible." We have to agree. Power should know that J.C. wasn't stoned -- because he was a fictional character. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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