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Jesus Journey: From Prophet to Demigod to God

Humans are pattern-seeking creatures in that we attempt to understand the universe through intellectually revealed patterns. One of the most interesting is a pattern discussed by Ken Humphreys regarding the morphing of the figure of Jesus (whether he actually existed or not) from a Jewish prophet imbued with the Holy Spirt through a transition phase of a demigod descended to Earth and finally to the godhead itself. Humphreys comes to this pattern initially through the last words of Jesus from the earlier Mark through Luke and finally to John:

(Mark 15:34) - "And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

(Luke 23:46) - "And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit." And having said this, He breathed His last."

(John 19:30) - "When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit."

Indeed, it seems that through these various "last" utterances, Jesus has gone from an abandoned human prophet to a separate, if lesser, god and finally to Yahweh himself, completely in control of the situation.

Humphreys also illustrates this paradigm through multiple videos. One is of particular interest in Matthew's accretion of miracles to the Jesus myth be taking Mark's recordings of Jesus' ministry and enhancing them with the high supernatural.

Night Train to Munich


Joseph Campbell - Mythology of the First City States

I first read The Hero With a Thousand Faces as a sophomore at University and it profoundly shaped my life. From there I went on to Eliade, Jung, and Frazer, all of whom contributed to my views about myth, humanity, and religion. But Campbell was the starting point and the best.


Cavers: Where is Frank?

He’s not been around for a long while and doesn’t seem to have any recent threads in The DUmpster. On one level, he was always amusing. On another, he had a certain sense of style and grace. Have “known” him since the pre-Cave CU days and always liked him.

Life on the Internets

Well it turns out that I was wrong. When it was suggested a while ago that Grateful Bread was a sock for the dear departed Fine Kettle of Fish I disagreed. I had had a couple of run ins with FKoF over the viability of someone living in Europe taking a long weekend in Budapest. He/she seemed to be a completely different character to GB, not just in the very complex backstory, but also in the tone of his/her posts. As I noted, I was wrong (won’t be the last time ).

But that brings me to what surprises me most about the whole kerfluffle, i.e., that an individual would be so tied up in the internet that he/she would go to the effort and time required for such a hoax. I used to get banned regularly from a board, Conservative Underground. I would regularly reappear, but under a name that everyone would recognise as me, e.g. Crystal Wizard, George Kennan, even Water Closet I have never misrepresented myself on the web as anyone else. Why bother?

Perhaps that desire to be someone else stems from a lack of quality in one’s personal life? While such perpetrators will invariably say “I did this to make you (individual or group) look stupid,” one has to question such motivation as making people look stupid on a small message board (sometimes I think there are only about 5 actual posters here) seems to be of questionable value in life.

Or maybe it’s a manifestation of SMS, Small Man’s Syndrome...


Wow! A brand new thread about scaring gays straight through Christianity

got locked before I could watch the video and respond. Well done!

The Mandela Effect

One of our former posters liked to speak of this. Having watched my first American football game in a decade with an American colleague who is a firm CT kinda guy, I was reminded of this and discussed it with him a bit. First, what is it?

There’s an unexplained phenomenon that you’ve probably experienced without knowing what it’s called, and it’s garnering more and more attention lately. "The Mandela effect" is what the internet is calling those curious instances in which many of us are certain we remember something a particular way, but it turns out we’re incorrect.

The name of the theory comes from many people feeling certain they could remember Nelson Mandela dying while he was still in prison back in the ’80s. Contrary to what many thought, Mandela’s actual death was on Dec. 5, 2013, despite some people claiming to remember seeing clips of his funeral on TV.

These false memories have some people thinking their memory sucks, but some wonder if they’ve gone to a parallel universe, or if time travelers have gone to the past and slightly affected our present, or if they’re simply losing their freakin’ minds. Whichever it is, what’s most interesting about the Mandela effect is that so many individuals share the same false memories.

Even the name is stupid. I happened to be on a plane to Frankfurt (Pan Am even) when Mandela was released from jail with a bunch of ABC reporters sent to cover the story. And cover it they did. So if one doesn't remember the wall-to-wall media coverage of his release, that's stupid.

If I look at some of the examples, they seem a bit trivial (or stupid).

1. Oscar Mayer bologna is spelt with an "a" not an "e," i.e. Oscar Meyer. Well to any of us who grew up singing the bologna song, that's obvious. However, if you did not and were asked to spell the word, you would probably spell it with the conventional "e" spelling.

3. “We Are the Champions” by Queen ends differently than many recall. No it doesn't. The album Queen version indeed does not have the final tag, "we are the champions of the world," BUT their performance for Revenge of the Nerds certainly does.

12. People think the Mona Lisa is smiling now, but she used to be emotionless. I don't. Do you? I've seen the Mona Lisa many times in the Louvre but it never occured to me that she was "emotionless."

20. Fruit Loops is actually spelled “Froot Loops.” Ok, I don't eat children's breakfast cereals and have no children. If you asked me how it was spelt, I would simply say "Fruit Loops" beause that is the default, English spelling and I have no reason to believe otherwise.

These "anomalies" seem to fall into two categories. First, a person with no knowledge (or interest) in something will remember things in the "default" way as in (20). Second, the object (phrase, picture, etc.) has been repurposed and many people remember that rather than the original as in (3). Another example of the latter (listed on a different site) is that the line from Fields of Dreams is actually "Build it and HE will come," not "THEY." Yes it is because the protagonist was interested in one player, Shoeless Joe. However, to use the phrase in a wider conversation and a more generic sense, "they" makes a lot more sense.

Jesus in Wonderland


My head hurts, my feet stink, and I don't love Jesus


Paul Bocuse: Top French chef dies at 91

Sad news. Made the world’s best truffle soup in his Lyon restaurant.

France's most-celebrated chef Paul Bocuse has died at the age of 91, after suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years.

He died in his famous restaurant near Lyon, a local chef close to the family told AFP news agency.
French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, describing him as the "incarnation of French cuisine".

Bocuse rose to fame in the 1970s as a proponent of "nouvelle cuisine", a healthier form of cooking.
The movement "profoundly changed" French cooking, Mr Macron said.

"His name alone summed up French gastronomy in its generosity and respect for tradition but also its inventiveness," the French president said.

Chefs across the country would be "crying in their kitchens", he added.

Bocuse's restaurant, L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges, has had three Michelin stars since 1965 and he was named "chef of the century" by Michelin's rival guide, the Gault-Millau, in 1989, and again by the Culinary Institute of America in 2011.
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