Originally Posted by heliodorus04
Before you claim me ignorant, to enter a conversation with me on Christianity, you must know:
The difference between the Pharisees and the Sadducees
Who Herod was
Who Pilate was
Roman history in the conquest and occupation of Judea (timelines, generals, battles, forces involved)
The history and origin of the Passover
The Pharisees were like the Democrats, more in tune with the needs of the people, where the Sadducees were like the corporate interest Republicans, favored by the ruling class.
Herod was a crazy baby killer who had his own son executed. He was the Roman appointed "King of the Jews".
Pilate was the dude who didn't want to kill Jesus, so he left it up to the Jews. I think he cut off John the Baptist's head. He invented Pilates, which keeps the bodies of Boulder women oh so firm...
I don't know much of the military history, but I know Pompay occupied Judea for Rome, then came Herod, then Pilot, all Roman elected or appointed.
Passover is a celebration of the first born Hebrews being "passed over" by the Angel of Death when Charleton Heston told them to paint lamb's blood over their doors. The Angel of Death hates lamb's blood.
How's I do? It's been a while. Since almost all of this predates Jesus I have no idea why you insist that somebody must know this history to discuss Christian Theology. It's like saying somebody needs to know the story of The Little Engine That Could and the history of the steam engine before entering a discussion about the merits of rail transit.
That's the problem with most Christians, they think their knowledge of the bible's timeline and a few quotes qualifies them to have deep theological discussions.
I would suggest reading what philosophers have to say about Christianity. There are good arguments on both sides, but they are about the deeper issues of God, existence, creation, and the universe; not wars, kings, and Charleton Heston. Just my two cents....
"Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes… A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men."
-Bertrand Russell from "Why I am Not a Christian."