From: Michael Hardy
To: Dan Ceppa
Date: Jan 30 1996 8:28:00 pm
Subject: census
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MH> And you didn't address what may be the more important point -- if the
MH> story of Joseph and Mary having to travel to Bethlehem is so
MH> farfetched, then how did the gospel story get taken seriously among
MH> people who would have known that?

DC> Isn't myth-making so much fun!

MH> Do you have an answer for my question?

DC> It's already been answered, Mikey.  You, yourself, confirmed it
DC> with your post about the census taken in Egypt.

DC> Your little trip to Bethlehem is nothing more than a device plot
DC> to make the man fit the myth.

The question hadn't been answered, and STILL has not been, so I will
ask you directly a third time. This time I will make it is simple as
possible so you don't miss it (again.)

1. The story of Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem for a census
comes from the Gospel of Luke.

2. The Gospel of Luke was first circulated among people who would know
from experience whether that story was plausible.

3. They apparently found it plausible, since the Gospel was considered
authoritative.

4. Why, if the story was so farfetched, did they accept it?

... You're like an idiot savant, only without the savant part.

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