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Bart Ehrman's "Triumph of Christianity," Part 2

In the past week, I made my way through another 40 pages of this book, and if that seems slow, it's partly because of my limited time to read, yes. But it's also because Ehrman isn't as interesting as he usually is. Credit where due, Ehrman is a decent writer, and he's usually a fast-paced one. But in this tome, he seems a little more ponderous than in the past. It's harder for me to get interested in this one than his past works.

But that's a side issue; what about the arguments and facts since last time? Well, Ehrman is still up to some of the usual silliness of his, saying things like, "Clearly we are dealing wit narratives molded for literary reasons, not with disinterested historical reports." [51] Ehrman's skull has yet to be hit by the brick which makes him realize that "molded for literary reasons" and "objective historical report" are not mutually exclusive options. Indeed, in a social setting where so few people could …

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Progressive Review: Bart Ehrman's "The Triumph of Christianity," Part 1

I've been waiting for this one for a while; the publication was delayed for reasons unknown, but it finally got to my mailbox early this week. Time doesn't permit me a full read-through these days, so I'll be reviewing it here in spurts. 

So far I'm up to page 50, and the main point up to then is one that's going to send the Acharya S crowd into hysterics: No, Bart says, Constantine was not the reason Christianity survived and thrived. Sure, he didn't hurt it any, but Bart also says Christianity "may well have succeeded" [8] without Constantine's help.

I'll have more to report next week. For now, keep an eye on this one; it's bound to become the newest totem for the rest of the atheist crowd, even if (as is usually the case with Ehrman) it ends up being more fluff than meat.

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The Bogus Gandhi Quote

I first made this post in 2012, and since then I've made a sort of mini-career out of tracking down bogus quotes like this one (including a video version below). It's a sort of fun microcosm of the way information is mishandled in the Information Age.


I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. – Mahatma Gandhi
A Christian can probably expect to get this quote thrown at them at least once in their lifetime, and waved in their face many more. I had it put to me recently, but my experience with this sort of thing immediately led me to wonder -- is it real?
The evidence at this point seems to be no.
The first signal of a problem was that anywhere I found it, no source was given. That's often a sign that something is being passed around uncritically. Whether online sources or books, no one seemed to have a source for this quote.
A second warning was that the quote has been given more than one context. As found on a (gag) Wiki typ…