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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Italian court to decide whether Jesus existed
The plaintiff claims that the Church is taking advantage of people by constructing fables (true) and obtaining money (also true), which of course would violate the first law. Also, according to Cascioli, the figure of Jesus was "constructed" by the Church on the basis of the historical figure of John of Gamala, a 1st century Jew who fought against the Romans. This would violate the second law referred to above.
I have no idea about the substance of the second claim, but the first one certainly has merit. Then again, if that law were to be taken seriously, all astrologers and politicians in Italy would be in jail, which seems a very unlikely scenario. Indeed, Cascioli himself has jokingly admitted that "it would take a miracle" for his lawsuit to succeed. Well, who knows, perhaps a rival God might lend a hand? Praise Jupiter, ya all!